Teacher's Union reacts to Luna's presentation
Tina Jensen reports. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Schools Superintendent Tom Luna unveiled his proposal for next year’s education budget, which would increase state funding to education by 5 percent.
Currently, the state is set to move funding for teaching positions to help pay for other portions of the reform plan.
But Luna wants a state surplus to go toward backfilling salaries.
“I’m confident that when we’re done, we will have a budget that fully funds all the elements of Students Come First and keeps salaries equal to what they are today,” Luna said
During the presentation, the Idaho Education Association tweeted, "Luna sure is spending a lot of time defending his reforms during what's supposed to be a budget presentation."
Luna says that despite perceptions, schools are embracing the technology component of the plan, with districts representing two-thirds of high school students asking to be first to receive the new technology.