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FRIDAY, AUG. 22, 2014, 8:34 A.M.

Trib: Luna OK w/Serving 2 Masters

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune gives jeers to -- Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna: For the next four months, he'll have two masters:

  • The voters who elected him, twice.
  • The enigmatic Indianapolis-based Project Lead The Way that hired him this week, effective when Luna's term ends in January.

Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit that provides STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curricula to high schools. In 2012, it reported $12.3 million in revenues. Fees range from $750 to $3,000 per school - and PLTW is operating in Boise, Nampa, West Ada, Kuna, Caldwell and Fremont school districts. Nobody will tell what PLTW is paying Luna to be its vice president of policy, advocacy and research - or what qualifies someone with an online degree in weights and measures for a job steeped in STEM. Full Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: Would anyone miss Luna if he left his Idaho job now?

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