The following is a statement from Idaho Education Association President Sherri Wood:
Twice in the past week, the Idaho Education Association has urged members to act with civility and professionalism in their contacts with policymakers over Superintendent Tom Luna's proposed legislation. We received word early this morning that last night Superintendent Luna's vehicle was spray painted and its tires were slashed. The IEA condemns vandalism and urges that anyone found to be responsible be prosecuted for their actions.
We extend the call for civility to Mr. Luna, too. Yesterday, according to news reports, he accused the IEA of “union thuggery” and of sending emails listing officials' home addresses and phone numbers. The IEA has not sent any such emails. The IEA has been involved in contentious battles throughout our nearly 120-year history. We do not resort to violence or harassment to solve problems.
We cannot and will not let stories like this distract us from the fact that the public remains strongly opposed to Superintendent Luna's plans to overhaul education. His new bills do nothing to address one of the key concerns outlined by parents and educators last week: how his plan would eliminate a thousand Idaho jobs and increase class sizes. Nor did he make any substantive changes to his legislation that would gut fair job practices for teachers and end decades of win-win collaboration between educators and their school districts.
As we move forward, we urge all Idahoans to behave in a responsible, civil manner and remain focused on the goal of defeating legislation that is bad for Idaho children and teachers.