Two quick tidbits from our editorial board meeting this afternoon with state schools superintendent Tom Luna and Yes for Idaho campaign head Ken Burgess.
• Luna says he knows nothing about the $200,000 donated to Parents for Education Reform, another of the groups contributing to the campaign to uphold Luna's Students Come First K-12 overhaul. The money came from a group called Education Voters of Idaho, but the donor or donors to the group remain a mystery.
Luna said he doesn't know the identity of the donors. "I don't even know how many of them there are."
Secretary of State Ben Ysursa says he will probably demand the identity of the donors. Education Voters of Idaho spokesman John Foster says the group is a nonprofit, and its donors are shielded from disclosure. (More on this issue from John Miller of the Associated Press.)
• The proponents have received at least one big donation since the Sept. 30 filing deadline — a $50,000 check from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This money was an outgrowth of a fundraiser held during the Republican National Convention and hosted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Burgess said.
Burgess conceded that fundraising for Students Come First has gone slowly, as similar reform campaigns are going on in other states. But with Students Come First opponents raising $1.38 million through Sept. 30, with money coming almost exclusively from teachers' unions, Burgess is hoping to raise some late money.
"That may change some things for us."