State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra made good on two of her top three legislative priorities during the 75-day session that adjourned last month, Idaho EdNews reports, but was less successful with 10 proposed bills that her staff unveiled during an education conference last August, from increasing qualifications to run for state superintendent to new tax credits for teachers.
EdNews reporter Clark Corbin examines what passed and what didn’t in Ybarra’s legislative agenda this year; you can read his full report here. Two of her top priorities – restoring operational funding per classroom to the 2009 level before Idaho saw big budget cuts, and raising teacher pay through funding the second year of the career ladder – also were endorsed by Gov. Butch Otter, and lawmakers signed on as well, passing them into law. The third of her top priorities, starting new rural schools centers, didn’t pass. Ybarra called it “a really great session.”