The GUARDIAN listened to Idaho School Super Tom Luna’s speech Friday at the City Club of Boise and came away somewhat sympathetic to his education reform plan. That was before we read a damning piece by John Miller of the AP
This pro is one of the best journalists in the state and he certainly did his homework. His story links the Albertson Foundation with Luna’s plan for on-line education requirements, claiming the foundation, through its grants, creates customers for a commercial firm owned by Albertson heir Joseph B. Scott–using the same address and phone number as the foundation. Luna went to great lengths in his City Club speech to praise the Albertson Foundation and its largess.
Luna’s only political hope as we see it is to claim ignorance and toss the Albertson folks under the school bus.
He either was schilling for the Albertson heir’s business interest with full knowledge of the connection or they snookered him. Either way, the School Super has got a lot of explaining to do. Disgruntled teachers and opponents of the Luna plan will certainly have plenty of fodder for their protest on the Statehouse steps Monday.
It is a bit long, but that’s because Miller cites his sources and quotes public records throughout the story. Check out the ASSOCIATED PRESS story.
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