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Luna Claims 1st Teacher Casualty

Gov. Butch Otter has yet to sign the Tom Luna's education "reforms" into law, and already the legislation has claimed its first teacher. Meghan Ridley, a special ed teacher who has won teacher of the year honors in the Lakeland School District, has had enough. She has been accepted into the Gonzaga University doctorate program after tendering her resignation this week. Meghan, whose battle with Coeur d'Alene Press trolls has been chronicled here and in my print column, said the teachers rallies, letters to the editor, three speeches before the Idaho Legislature, and unwanted troll attention over a "hot photo" in the Press have taken a toll. She said she experienced an epiphany when she received more attention over a classroom photo that showed a hint of decolletage than all the time she'd spent teaching. So she embraced her "sexy teacher" alter ego and launched a Facebook page under the pseudonym "Ima HotTeacher," where she plans to continue fighting Luna legislation. "Rather than sit voiceless in my classroom while 1108 and 1110 become law, I figured taking a bold stand based on principle was in order. I felt it was time for people to see what happens when you hurt good teachers. They leave." Meghan also has resigned as union president. Ima HotTeacher Facebook link here.

Question: Do you expect more teachers to quit as a result of education "reforms" in Idaho?

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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