Monday, February 7, 2011

Hundreds Pack Capitol Steps to Challenge Luna

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Hundreds of men, women and schoolkids started supper a little later this evening. Early tonight, they filled the steps of the Statehouse in downtown Boise, raising voices against School Superintendent Tom Luna's plans to raise class sizes, trim teacher rosters, strip down collective bargaining and hand out laptops.

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While the State Senate Education Committee began hearings late tonight on Luna's sweeping school reform plan, parents and children took their displeasure outside to the south steps of the Capitol. The hastily arranged protest was the product of a newly formed organization: Idaho Parents and Teachers Together. Organizers said the rally began with a handful of e-mails that quickly went viral to parents and teachers across the Treasure Valley.
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Earlier today, Luna said there's "been an organized attempt to get people riled up" over his plan.

"The state is broke, our country is broke, and the current education system we have today is not financially sustainable," Luna told the education committee.

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