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.
Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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