Foes of Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s education reforms easily outraised those promoting them ahead of a Nov. 6 vote that will determine if the changes survive.
Vote No on Propositions 1, 2, 3 added $1.3 million through Sept. 30, compared with just $165,000 for Luna’s allies, the group Yes for Education. Reform backers also have raised at least $200,000 through a separate group that’s concealing contributors’ identities. But even with that money, opponents of Luna’s disputed “Students Come First” overhaul appear to have a fourfold cash advantage.
The education reforms were passed by the 2011 Legislature to limit union bargaining power, promote teacher merit pay, and require online classes.
As expected, the National Education Association union group, based in Washington, D.C., chipped in the most to fight the reforms, nearly $1.1 million. (AP)