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Luna Presents 2015 School Budgets
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is proposing a 6.9 percent budget increase to Idaho's public school funding for 2015, the largest spending increase he's proposed in his nearly eight-year tenure.
Luna Will Bring Back Merit Pay in 2013 Legislature
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Public schools chief Tom Luna plans to ask the 2013 Idaho Legislature to adopt another pay-for-performance program for teachers, saying he doesn't believe voters' rejection of merit pay last week is any indication they want to return to the old way of compensating…
Teachers Will Still Get Merit Pay
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho teachers will still get about $38 million in merit-pay bonuses this year, despite voters' rejection of public schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul. The Idaho attorney general says the failure at the polls shouldn't affect the payout...
Luna Can’t Escape Prop 1, 2, 3 Discussion
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho public schools chief Tom Luna says he can't go anywhere without being grilled about his "Students Come First" laws limiting union bargaining, promoting merit pay and providing laptops for high school kids. Michael Lanza, the head of the &quo…
8 Year Deal with HP for Idaho School Laptops
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's new $182 million contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. to provide laptops to high school students and teachers contains a language requiring the state to pay for machines that are lost, damaged or stolen. Idaho and the computer maker announced the eight-year deal l…
Cost of Laptops for Idaho Schools
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The eight-year, $180 million pact with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptops required under public schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul is dividing Idaho's Republican lawmakers. Rep. Lynn Luker of Boise said Friday during a meeting inside the Capitol the price wa…
Now to Fund School Computers after State Reaches Deal
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Now that state officials have signed a $180 million deal to put laptops in the hands of high school students, the task facing lawmakers will be finding the money to pay for it. State leaders on Tuesday announced the eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard Co...
Reform Backers Refuse Disclosure of Donors
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group promoting Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's education overhaul ahead of the Nov. 6 vote refused again to disclose its donors and instead suggested it take back its money. Education Voters of Idaho's new lawyer, Christ Troupis, on Friday told Secretary of Sta…
Prop 1,2,3 Supporters Catching Heat for Ad
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An ad promoting Idaho education reforms recycles a three-year-old speech, using it out of context to bash those trying to repeal the changes on Nov. 6. The advertisement played Monday on the Internet and Idaho radio stations uses an excerpt from a 2009 speech by National Ed…
Superintendent Files Suit for Free Education
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho school district superintendent has filed a lawsuit against the state arguing public schools are violating the state constitution by charging students fees for what is supposed to be a free education. The Spokesman-Review (http://bit...
Teacher Bonus Info Released
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state Department of Education has posted data online telling school districts which teachers have earned a bonus under a new merit pay plan. Districts were notified Wednesday they'll have 30 days to review and appeal the data used to calculate the pay-for-performan…
Luna Wiki War
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The spokeswoman for State Schools Superintendent Tom Luna triggered a tug of war over his Wikipedia entry when revising the page to include, among other things, positive information about his reforms — the subject of polarizing debate...
School Computers catch Negative Advertisement
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new radio advertisement from critics of Idaho's education reforms calls a laptop program being rolled out under the changes an "unfunded mandate" that will require schools to spend millions of dollars they don't have...
Idaho Schools Get Boost From Land Fund
Public schools will receive a $31 million boost from Idaho's land endowment next year.  But not every member of the state Board of Land Commissioners was happy with the distribution. The Spokesman-Review reports that public schools chief Tom Luna, who sits on the board with Idaho's fo…
Luna Recall Effort Fails
A group seeking to recall public schools chief Tom Luna over his new education laws failed to meet a Monday deadline to collect nearly 160,000 voter signatures. The Committee to Recall Tom Luna needed to submit 158,107 valid signatures from registered voters to succeed in their push for an August sp…
Second Education Bill Passes House
A second bill in State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's education reform has won approval from the Idaho House of Representatives.  This morning's vote was 44-26 in favor of the bill.  It has already won approval from the Idaho Senate and now goes to the gover…
Education Bill Goes Back to Comittee
As expected the biggest piece of a plan to reform Idaho's public schools has been sent back to the Senate Education Committee, where it narrowly passed on a 5-4 vote last week. The legislation was pulled from the Idaho Senate calendar Wednesday...

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