Monday, May 16, 2011

Luna, IEA Trade Memos

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 4:57 PM

In the wake of Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's warning to teachers about participating in political activities on school grounds, the Idaho Education Association had a warning of its own to Luna: "Stop trying to intimidate Idaho educators from practicing their civil rights."

Luna sent out a memo to Idaho school superintendents and charter school administrators last Friday, warning that teachers could lose their certification if they participated in efforts to recall him or repeal his education overhaul package. Luna called the activities ethical violations, punishable by a letter of reprimand, suspension or revocation of a teacher's certification.

"He is trying to use unconstitutional tactics to uphold unconstitutional laws," said IEA General Counsel John Rumel. "Through these tactics, he is violating civil rights and the public's right to know."

Additionally, the IEA released a photo of what they called a political event in support of the Luna campaign on the grounds of Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene last fall.

Campaign event held on grounds of Lake City High School last fall.

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