National Teacher’s Union Hires “Signature Gatherers” In Fight Against Luna Plan
Teachers want voters to decide if Idaho should phase out teacher tenure, restrict collective bargaining and introduce merit pay. Idaho Education Association spokeswoman Julie Fanselow told the Idaho Statesman for a story Thursday that the IEA received $75,000 from the NEA to pay for printing costs and signature gatherers. The teacher group needs the signatures of almost 48,000 registered voters by June 6 to put the issue on the 2012 ballot. Mike Lanza, chairman of Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform, says the organization expects volunteers to collect 60,000 signatures. He says the paid signature gatherers are insurance.