Is Luna changing his views on pre-K?

Tom Luna JFAC, 1.24.13
State Superintendent Tom Luna

Is state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna softening in his opposition to pre-kindergarten programs?

In a story in Monday’s Idaho Statesman, Luna suggests he is changing his views. Luna, like some Republican legislators, has questioned whether the state can afford to pay for pre-K. Legislative critics also have suggested that young children are better taught at home.

Here’s what Luna told the Statesman’s Bill Roberts recently: “It is obvious to me there are some homes where that is just not going to happen. … We have to find a solution.”

State Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, is working on a bill that would set up pre-K pilot programs — funded through a public-private partnership. Here is our recent story on Kloc’s proposal, and Kloc’s Voices piece further explaining the idea.

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