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Luna Pulls ISAT Q Re: Online Classes

As Idaho students prepared to take ISAT tests this week, a sample question for 10th graders on Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's website advocated online learning. The question touted flexible scheduling and said online classes can be "equally challenging" as traditional courses, as long as they are taught by quality instructors. A parent called the Statesman Wednesday to complain that his 10th grade daughter pointed out the question to him, which he found offensive. Luna spokeswoman Melissa McGrath said the question was removed as a result of the complaint. She said the question was written by the State Board of Education in 2007 and posted on Luna's website in October/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: OK, I'm not a fan of either Luna or his so-called education reforms. But isn't the parent who complained about the ISAT question re: online classes a bit too hypersensitive?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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