In opposition to state superintendent Tom Luna's Students Come First K-12 overhaul, the state's teachers' union is taking to the airwaves with a Luddite message, says Wayne Hoffman.
The executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a conservative lobbying group, used his weekly column to rip an advertising campaign urging voters to reject the three laws.
"The union wants you to fear and reject technology, making 19th century Luddism popular again in the hope you’ll mindlessly oppose the other propositions on the ballot. Proposition 1 would return the power and control of local school operation to elected school boards, which have long become subservient to the labor union. Proposition 2 would allow great teachers to receive extra pay for their hard work, for filling tough teaching positions or for taking on leadership responsibilities. Conveniently, the ad urges voters to reject all three propositions, but only musters the energy to talk about the last one, Proposition 3.
"The labor union uses trumped up images of unfunded laptops and tech-intolerant tots armed with broken gadgets, to urge a vote against all three propositions, yet won’t talk about the real issue: the amount of control labor unions had under Idaho’s old education laws — laws those unions desperately want back."
Here's a link to the full Hoffman column.
Small world alert: Hoffman is a former spokesman for Luna.