Wednesday, November 7, 2012

After Luna Law Repeal, 'Vote No' Campaign Urges Reconciliation

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

On Nov. 6, a majority of voters rejected Students Come First, a package of education reform plans commonly referred to as the Luna Laws, by voting no on three referendums on this year's ballot.

At 10:30 a.m., opponents of the propositions spearheaded by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna rallied at Boise High School and collectively urged a path forward.

Penny Cyr, president of the Idaho Education Association teacher's union, said some asked why the organization wasn't speaking out during the debate.

"As a teacher and a parent, I wanted to make sure this debate was focused on the real issues, our students and our schools," said Cyr.

Mike Lanza, chair of the Vote No campaign, said the initiative was not a vote against better schools.
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  • Mike Lanza, chair of the "Vote No" campaign, said the initiative was not a vote against better schools.

Cyr joined Mike Lanza and Maria Greeley, chairman and treasurer respectively of the Vote No campaign, to celebrate the success of the monthslong initiative to repeal SCF. Last night, those efforts paid off as all three propositions failed by more than 50 percent of the vote.

"We're heartened by the hundreds of thousands of Idahoans who cast their votes to overturn these laws," Cyr said.

The decision affects the 280,000 students in Idaho's public schools, according to Cyr. However, all three stressed approaching future reform efforts with more input from teachers and school boards.

"This initiative was not a vote against better schools," said Lanza. "We have an opportunity to restart this process and do it right."

Greeley called SCF "divisive and destructive," and said that in the future, school reform should be a more transparent, collaborative project.

"It is now time to start healing and continue moving forward," she said.

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