Superintendent of Public Instruction
Candidates' Debate: Wednesday October 25, 7:00 p.m. MT/PT
Qualifications: 25 years of age, U.S. Citizen, Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, two year Idaho resident
Term of office: Four years
Salary: $85,800 in 2007, $88,374 in 2008, $91,025 in 2009, $93,756 in 2010
Duties: The State Superintendent serves as an ex-officio member of the State Board of Education. The State Superintendent serves as chief executive officer of the State Department of Education and exercises general supervision of the Department. The State Superintendent provides technical and professional assistance and advice to all school districts in reference to all aspects of education including finances, buildings, equipment, administration, organization of school districts, curriculum and instruction, transportation of pupils and interpretation of school laws and state regulations.
Jana Jones
Jana Jones
Tom Luna
Tom Luna
  • Born 1952 in Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Married to Ross
  • Mother of three, grandmother of one
  • Education
  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Idaho State University, 2001
  • M.Ed. in Special Education, Utah State University, 1980
  • B.S. in Special Education, Utah State University, 1974
  • Professional Experience
  • Chief Deputy Superintendent, 2005-current
  • Deputy Superintendent, 2004-2005
  • Regional Consultant and Chief of the Bureau of Special Education, 2000-2004
  • Regional Education Consultant, 1995-2000
  • Administrator of early childhood programs for Governor's Office for Children, 1992-1994
  • Former owner and administrator of childcare center with preschool and kindergarten programs that included children with disabilities, 1981-1992
  • One of first infant/toddler early intervention specialists in Region 7, 1989-1991
  • Special education teacher: Idaho Falls School District, 1977-1981
  • Born 1958 in Santa Ana, California
  • Married to Cindy
  • Father of six, grandfather of one
  • Education
  • B.A. Thomas Edison State College, 2002
  • Professional Experience
  • Owner and President of Scales Unlimited, Inc. 1984-present
  • Appointed Senior Advisor to Secretary of Education Rod Paige by President George W. Bush, 2003-2005
  • Director: U.S. Rural Education Task Force, 2003-2005
  • Consultant for American Board for Certification for teacher excellence 2005
  • Director: White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities, 2003-2004
  • Appointed Chairman of the Idaho Assessment and Accountability Commission by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, 1999-2004
  • Served on Nampa School Board for 7 years 1994-2002
  • Former Commissioner and Spokesman for the Idaho Achievement Standards Commission under Gov. Phil Batt, 1997-1999
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • President: International Society of Weights and Measures, 1998
  • President of the Nampa Exchange Club, 1998


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