Monday, October 10, 2011

Luna, IEA, Idaho Reporter in a Tweet-Off

Posted By on Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM

While Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's Students Come First Technology Task Force was meeting at the Statehouse, some partisan comments were burning up Twitter this morning, including tweets from Luna, the Idaho Education Association, a former state representative and a writer from Idaho Reporter, a product of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, whose director, Wayne Hoffman, isn't shy about his support for the so-called Luna Laws.

This morning's tweets began when the IEA referred to Meridian School Superintendent Linda Clark's remarks at the SCF meeting that more online courses would require extra staff.

"We've been asking since January: How many Idaho jobs will be lost due to Luna's tech mandates," tweeted the IEA.

"Is eduction a jobs program?" tweeted Dustin Hurst, reporter for Idaho Reporter.

"Education has always been a major employer in every Idaho community, providing stable, middle-class jobs," tweeted the IEA.

"I understand that, I do," tweeted Hurst. "But is the point of our schools to provide jobs or to educate our kids?"

A few minutes later, the tweets continued ...

"IEA's point is that Idaho online classes may be taught by teachers in Virginia, Bangalore, or wherever," tweeted the IEA.

"The SDE [State Department of Education] has intentionally been misleading the education community and stood in the way of clarifying the law regarding this," tweeted Hurst.former Democratic Rep. Branden Durst of Boise.

That's when Luna jumped in.

"The goal of the SCF reforms is deliver our students the high quality education they deserve with the state's limited funds," tweeted Luna. "No one is working 'on the cheap.' Idaho's voters have indicated they would like an efficient system that does not raise taxes."

"Idahoans have indicated they do not like punitive reforms that target teachers, cut local control, impose mandates. See you in Nov. 2012," tweeted the IEA.

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