Friday, August 31, 2012

Jeb Bush to National Audience: Tom Luna's Efforts 'Earned Some Enemies'

"Some of them slashed the superintendent's tires. But he didn't back down."

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 8:47 AM

As promised, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sent some shout-outs to Idaho's GOP elite from the podium at last night's finale of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Bush used the majority of his time talking about education, telling delegates and a national audience that there were many "reasons to worry" about the state of U.S. classrooms.

"There is a moral cost to our failing schools," said Bush. "The sad truth is that equality of opportunity doesn't exist in many of our schools. We give some kids a chance, but not all. That failure is the great moral and economic issue of our time. And it's hurting all of America."

But Bush extolled the efforts of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.

"Idaho's Gov. Otter and Superintendent Luna are raising up the best teachers and separating out the ineffective ones," said Bush. "That earned some enemies. Some of them slashed the superintendent's tires. But he didn't back down."

In February 2011, Luna told police two of his car's tires had been slashed and the word "Luna" was painted on the body of the car with a slash through the letters.

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