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Luna: Idaho not ready for a pre-K pilot

Some preschoolers don’t come to kindergarten prepared to learn, state superintendent Tom Luna said, and Idaho “would be remiss to ignore that.” State superintendent Tom Luna Still, Luna said he doesn’t support a pre-K pilot bill, unveiled more than a month

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Tom Luna’s K-12 budget, Version 2.0

That K-12 budget Tom Luna presented in October? It was not, as the state superintendent took pains to say Thursday, not entirely his budget. It was, largely, the education reform task force’s budget. Tom Luna addresses reporters after presenting his 2014-15 K-12 budget

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Analysis: Tom Luna’s renewed push for Internet sales taxes

When Tom Luna started talking about new taxes Wednesday, he revisited a recurring theme from his 2010 re-election campaign. And, perhaps, took a subtle step with an eye to the November 2014 general election. Tom Luna Luna renewed a pitch

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Luna joins ‘Chiefs for Change,’ a pro-reform education group

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna has signed on with “Chiefs for Change,” a group of current and former state school superintendents pushing for education reform. State superintendent Tom Luna Luna was appointed Friday. In an interview with Idaho Education News’ Clark

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The K-12 budget blowback: What does it signal?

Bill Goesling Was last week’s blowback over Tom Luna’s K-12 budget proposal a one-shot deal, or a sign of deeper discontent? When two State Board of Education members criticized the state superintendent’s proposal, they said the $77 million increase would come at the expense

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Luna seeks more time to write 2014-15 schools budget

Normally, this is the time of year when agency heads submit budget requests for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. But Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna says he needs more time to draw up his budget. Luna

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K-12 endowment flap has roots in a 2010 debate

Tuesday’s political dustup over school endowment dollars was three years in the making. Now, as in February 2010, the five elected officials on the state Land Board are debating about whether to give K-12 a bigger slice of endowment dollars, or

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The Idaho political money trail: an early look to 2014

Wednesday was a campaign finance report deadline — for what the state calls “non-active” statewide candidates. How active are some of these “non-active” campaigns? It varies: Gov. Butch Otter. He raised $215,368.95 during the first six months of the year,

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Otter on school WiFi contract: ‘Not necessarily how I would have done it.’

Add Gov. Butch Otter to the roster of Republicans criticizing the controversial high school WiFi contract signed last week by GOP state superintendent Tom Luna. Gov. Butch Otter “It’s not necessarily how I would have done it,” Otter said in a

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School district superintendents quiz Tom Luna

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and top staffers spent some of Monday morning fielding questions from the field. During the state Education Department’s annual meeting with district and charter school superintendents, Luna was asked about everything from the state’s

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