Just after two of his education reform bills passed through the Idaho House and Senate, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna spent his Thursday evening getting some face time with students, teachers and parents at Boise's Timberline High School.
Attendees were allowed to submit comments in writing, while a student panel peppered Luna with questions. Luna took exception to the number of student protests and walk-outs at more than a dozen Idaho schools.
"I'm always concerned anytime there is a disruption of classes," said Luna. "But when I talk to these students, they don't have all the information. They haven't seen or read the bills."
But that didn't satisfy student moderator Anna Hardesty who told Citydesk that she remained frustrated.
"I'm not hopeful about any future events with Luna," said Hardesty. "He talked down to all the students who came out today."
Dixon Minnick agreed with Hardesty. "He was completely condescending."
Adding to the frustration was the time crunch—there were far more questions than time allowed. Following the discussion Luna told Citydesk he was pleased with the event.
"I thought it went very well," said Luna. "I've been in front of groups of adults that weren't as civil."