Another Republican joins race for Idaho public schools chief

broberts@idahostatesman.comJanuary 21, 2014 

John Eynon.

A Cottonwood School District music teacher who opposes Idaho Core Standards says he is running in the Republican primary for state superintendent of public instruction.

John Eynon, a retired U.S. Navy commander, said Idaho needs to take a timeout from “steamrolling” Idaho Core Standards and the test associated with it.

“I have been asked who will take the lead in opposing an administration that fails to hear the voices of parents who expressed their opposition to Common Core’s approach to assessments,” Eynon said in a press release. “To date, no one has stepped forward. So, and based upon my convictions, I felt compelled to face that challenge.”

Eynon could face Tom Luna, state superintendent of public instruction, who has said he is going to run, but has not made a formal announcement.

Randy Jensen, an American Falls middle school principal, said last week he will also run for Luna’s job under the GOP flag.

Democrat Jana Jones, who lost to Luna in 2006 is also seeking to be the next state superintendent of public instruction.

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