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In his Sept. 7, 2011 file photo, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna poses for a photo in his office in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Jessie L. Bonner, File)

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho's public schools chief has been named to a 19-member group charged with advising Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on education issues.

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Romney announced the inclusion of Tom Luna Thursday to his "Education Policy Advisory Group."

Romney says the education system is failing too many children and wants the panel to chart a new course for public schools. Romney says he hopes the panel will develop policy plans emphasizing school choice, accountability and access to affordable higher education.

Luna is the only state school superintendent among the group.

Luna has drawn praise and criticism for leading the charge behind a series of education reforms approved by Idaho lawmakers last year.