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Eye On Boise Sherri Ybarra archive

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

Restructuring continues at state Department of Education 

The restructuring at Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s State Department of Education continued this week with the termination of school improvement and support director Greg Alexander, Idaho Education News reports; Alexander had been with the department since January of 2012, and was hired under previous schools chief...

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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015

More changes announced at state Department of Education

More staff changes are being announced at the state Department of Education, where Lisa Colon is being promoted to director of teacher certification and the professional standards commission. Colon is currently the department’s educator effectiveness coordinator; she’ll replace Taylor Raney, who announced in March that...

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Ybarra's tech director, Will Goodman, to leave June 30 

The key staffer to state schools Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra who oversaw the successful and quick transition of Idaho schools from the defunct Idaho Education Network to individually negotiated district broadband contracts is resigning June 30. Will Goodman, chief technology officer for the...

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MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

Ybarra noncommittal on special session 

State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra was asked by Idaho Education News if she’s advocating for a special session of the Legislature to address Idaho’s child support enforcement crisis; her response was non-committal. Here’s her statement: “There are many capable individuals in the Idaho Legislature, in...

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Ybarra's chief deputy to stay on longer than planned

State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s chief deputy, former Nampa Superintendent Pete Koehler, has decided to stay on through the end of the calendar year, rather than leaving next month, Idaho Education News reports. Koehler told EdNews reporter Clark Corbin, “It was kind like being in...

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MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2015

State ed board unanimously approves Ybarra's new ESEA waiver 

The state Board of Education, meeting late last week in Moscow, unanimously approved state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s request for a new one-year waiver from requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind law, Idaho Education News reports. Idaho’s existing waiver...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2015

THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2015

Ybarra hires her local newspaper editor as new spokesman 

Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra, who is from Mountain Home, has hired Kelly Everitt, who was managing editor of the Mountain Home News for the past 26 years, as her communications specialist, Idaho Education News reports. Reporter Kevin Richert writes that Everitt had announced in a newspaper column last...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2015

Sherri Ybarra answers questions from reporters at her first news conference Tuesday in Boise (Betsy Russell)

Ybarra: State ed department will be the 'go-to place' 

New state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra is holding her first press conference today, at which she introduced her executive staff. In addition to interim Chief Deputy Pete Koehler, Special Assistant to the Superintendent Tim Corder, and Special Education Director Charlotte “Charlie” Silva, she introduced Will...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014

FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014

Corder to be a top staffer to Supt-elect Sherri Ybarra 

Idaho state schools Superintendent-elect Sherri Ybarra has been mum since the election, but she was at the Capitol during yesterday’s organizational session, meeting with lawmakers and others. Accompanying her was former Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, who acknowledged in response to a reporter’s questions that...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

Crunching the numbers in the superintendent's race...

Democratic candidate for state schools superintendent Jana Jones carried nine counties on election night, reports Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert reports: Ada, Bannock, Blaine, Latah, Teton, Bonneville, Nez Perce, Power and Shoshone. Republican candidate Sherri Ybarra carried the other 35, in her narrow win....

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Republicans roll in Idaho - again

Here’s a link to my full day-after story at on Idaho’s election results. It took until this morning at 7, but GOP newcomer Sherri Ybarra eked out a slim win in the race for Idaho state schools chief, completing a Republican sweep of all...

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Sherri Ybarra (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Ybarra statement: 'I am honored and proud' 13 

Sherri Ybarra, Idaho’s newly, and narrowly, elected state superintendent of schools, has issued this statement: “First I want to thank my family for standing by my side and for all of their love and support. I want to give a huge thank you to all...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014

Sherri Ybarra, right, at the Idaho GOP election night party; at center is her son, Matt; at left is Idaho Gov. Butch otter (Betsy Russell)

Ybarra: 'I'm feeling pretty positive'

Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for state schools superintendent, is trailing Democrat Jana Jones in a close race right now, but it’s early. “I’m feeling good,” Ybarra said at the Idaho GOP state election night party, where she was joined by her family, including son...

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MONDAY, NOV. 3, 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

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