It took a few days, but the Idaho Republican Party has lashed back at the Democratic Party — coming to defense of GOP state schools superintendent Tom Luna's education reform overhaul.
"Sadly, the Idaho Democratic Party, which once succeeded in electing individuals to statewide office, has withered away into a wholly owned subsidiary of the teacher’s union," state GOP chairman Norm Semanko said in a statement today.
On Friday, the Democratic Party ripped Luna's "Putting Students First" plan: "Increasing class sizes, intimidating dedicated teachers and taking critical decisionmaking authority away from locally elected school boards may be 'new' ideas but they certainly are not good ideas."
Here's the Semanko statement, in full:
Last week Governor Otter and Superintendent Luna introduced a comprehensive package to educate more students at a higher level with limited resources.
While student achievement continues to progress in Idaho, one-third of our schools are still not meeting our high academic goals, and more than half of Idaho students do not go on to post-secondary education after high school. Furthermore, the current system is fiscally unsustainable. Governor Otter and Superintendent Luna’s plan, titled “Students Come First,” boldly sets out to change the current system.
However, the opposition has already started mounting a campaign against this crucial change.
On Friday, the Idaho Democratic Party came out against Governor Otter and Superintendent Luna’s plan asking, “why should any parent, student or voter put the slightest faith in any idea proffered by the architect of such failure?” and saying the plan may include “ ’new’ ideas but they certainly are not good ideas.”
Sherri Wood, the head of the teacher’s union, called the plan “draconian.” Sadly, the Idaho Democratic Party, which once succeeded in electing individuals to statewide office, has withered away into a wholly owned subsidiary of the teacher’s union. The party is so out of touch, and so beholden to the teacher’s union bosses, that it now sits well to the left of President Barack Obama on education issues.