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Ybarra didn’t know of harassment allegations when she hired official

Idaho state Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra did not know Dan Goicoechea was facing harassment and discrimination accusations when she hired him to a high-ranking position, according to an internal department email. This email, along with hundreds of pages of documents Idaho Education News obtained through a public records request, sheds more light on what Ybarra knew about Goicoechea, her former spokesman and deputy for government affairs.

Goicoechea resigned from Ybarra’s State Department of Education on Sept. 18, after just five weeks on the job. He resigned the same day a former colleague from a different state agency filed a tort claim with the state alleging a pattern of harassment and discrimination. Idaho Education News reporter Clark Corbin has a full report here.

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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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