Looking for an education leader: Florida is looking for a new education commissioner. The American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, is floating a couple of names, including Tom Luna, Idahos superintendent of public instruction.
Its not the first time. Luna told the Idaho Statesman on Friday that he received a call more than a year ago from Florida Gov. Rick Scotts chief of staff and from an organization scouting possibilities. I was honored, Luna said. I told them no. The latest commissioner, Gerard Robinson, resigned Tuesday.
Same answer. Lunas name resurfaced this week when the enterprise institutes education-policy director mentioned him in a Tampa Bay Times story. Luna didnt know about that until the Statesman called him Friday. He said his answer is the same. I love Idaho, and the work we are doing here is the most exciting in the country, Luna said. Im happy where I am, and Im staying here.