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Ybarra and challenger Dillon both oppose school vouchers; Ybarra says ‘No, no, no, no, no’

State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra and Wilder School District Superintendent Jeff Dillon, who is running against Ybarra in 2018, appeared together at the Idaho School Boards Association’s annual convention in Coeur d’Alene last week, and Idaho EdNews reports that the two faced off in a 90-minute Q-and-A debate. Among the questions was one about school vouchers; both Republicans came out strongly against them.

EdNews reporter Jennifer Swindell reports that when the two were asked, “Should the state support school vouchers (or tax credits)?” Ybarra responded, “No, no, no, no, no. I’m supportive of school choice but I cannot support vouchers.”

And Dillon responded, “Homeschoolers I’ve talked to are not in favor of vouchers because they don’t want government intrusion. I strongly support effective public schools.”

Other topics the two covered included the public school funding formula; ways to address the state’s teacher shortage; how to reduce paperwork demands on local school administrators and more. You can read Swindell’s full report here; it also includes video clips from the exchange.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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