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The Luna laws: Bad for Idaho
Three bills passed by the 2011 Idaho Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Butch Otter are now the law of the land in our state. Although Idahoans overwhelmingly opposed the bills, neither lawmakers nor the governor listened.
Fortunately, we have the opportunity to overturn these harmful bills through the referendum process.
Senate Bill 1108
Under Senate Bill 1108, your child’s teacher can be fired at any time, for any reason, without a fair hearing. Under this Luna law, Idaho educators no longer have a say over such issues as class sizes, lesson planning, and classroom health and safety issues. Senate Bill 1108 guts teachers’ rights and ends four decades of productive collaboration between teachers and their school districts.
Senate Bill 1110
Senate Bill 1110 was an untimely scheme to give teachers bonus pay for test scores (and for taking hard-to-fill jobs and assuming leadership roles). Unfortunately, its mandates come amid the third straight year of budget cuts to our schools, and at the same time Tom Luna ordered new spending on classroom technology and online classes.
Idahoans know it is unfair to base teacher pay on test scores. We also know that it’s ridiculous to require local school districts to spend millions of dollars on bonuses over the next two years when educators are taking pay and benefit cuts.
Senate Bill 1184
This bill trades teachers for technology, plain and simple. Within days of its passage, the cash-strapped Fruitland School District announced that rather than replace its retiring high school U.S. history teacher, it would move the class online. This bill could ultimately mean that one in four Idaho teaching jobs will be lost over the next few years as Tom Luna continues to push his online course and “mobile computing device” mandates.
Senate Bill 1184 ties the hands of local school boards, forcing trustees to fund these mandates by increasing class sizes, cutting pay for teachers and other school employees, shortening the school year, eliminating extracurricular activities, or all of the above. And while lawmakers say they’re holding the line on taxes, they’re really just forcing local school boards to ask Idaho families to dig deeper for our schools.