By Steve Ackerman
Kuna saw the worst of politics when it came to our schools. First, a minority of people disregarded the will of the majority of voters who said no to the school levy, forcing everyone to vote again.
Then, instead of considering suggestions Michael Law and others of us made to prioritize spending on teachers, students, and learning materials, they ignored us. Whether it was saving hundreds of thousands of dollars through competitive bids for custodial services, bus services, insurance, or driver’s education, our ideas were ignored. Kuna got $600,000 extra from the state, but when we suggested it go to teacher salaries, levy supporters sat silent. When I called for a special levy to cover teacher pay it too was disregarded.
Despite their victory, supporters of the levy attacked Michael Law for daring to ask questions and for refusing to go along with the majority. I watched as Michael devoted countless hours studying the school district and state education budgets and asking questions – all focused on improving our schools and helping our struggling families. On the other side, levy supporters engaged in a vendetta against Michael. They name-called, insulted, and tossed out false accusations. On and on it went – baseless cheap shots.
But, this story has a happy ending. Nearly 72% of the voters of Zone 4 said “No” to recall Michael. They know, as I know, that he is a dedicated, thoughtful, and principled man. Unlike others I saw in this sad tale of “vengeful politics,” Michael Law demonstrated how much he cares about Kuna’s schools and its families. He not only represents his constituents, he fights for them. Last week, we fought for him. And in the future, we will continue to fight for him. Thank you.