Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lanza Dropped From Education Task Force After Joining Campaign of Otter's Dem Challenger

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The former chair of the campaign that overturned Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's controversial Students Come First reforms, Mike Lanza, got his pink slip from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's 31-member education improvement task force.

Lanza told the Spokesman-Review he got the boot after he accepted the position of communications director and education adviser to Otter's Democrat gubernatorial challenger, A.J. Balukoff—a move Lanza said was inappropriate.

"There are politicians and candidates now serving on the task force, and no one questions whether they should be, and I don't question whether they should be," Lanza said. "They all have an appropriate role. No one has ever suggested that any of the dealings of the task force have been politicized."

According to Marilyn Whitney, a spokesman for the Idaho State Board of Education, which supervises the task force, board member and task force head Richard Westerberg made the decision to remove Lanza after consulting with board Chairman Don Stoltman and Executive Director Mike Rush.
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