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Eye On Boise Sherri Ybarra archive

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014

The politics of the pratfall... 

An analysis of the “politics of the pratfall” in this year’s race for Idaho state superintendent of schools, penned by Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert, examines how a series of high-profile blunders by the GOP candidate, Sherri Ybarra, could resonate in the race between...

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MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 24, 2014

Of endorsements and JFAC... 

Two Idaho news outlets have been fact-checking GOP schools superintendent candidate Sherri Ybarra’s claim in a televised debate this week that she has the backing of the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Both found the claim false, documenting that just a few members of the...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014



TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

Jana Jones, left, and Sherri Ybarra, right, debate on Idaho Public Television on Tuesday night (Idaho Public TV / Aaron Kunz)

Idaho schools chief rivals spar over Luna legacy

Idaho’s current state superintendent of schools – the first non-educator ever to hold the position – loomed large in the debate Tuesday night between the two educators vying to succeed him. “If you liked Tom Luna, you’re going to love Sherri Ybarra,” Democratic candidate Jana...

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Closing comments from Jones, Ybarra 

In their closing comments: Jana Jones, Democratic candidate for state schools superintendent, said, “It’s been a great evening, and hopefully you understand the differences between the two of us.” She said. “The office shouldn’t be about politics and partisanship, it should be about doing what’s...

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MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

Ybarra straightens out her marital history 

Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for Idaho superintendent of public instruction, is clarifying her marital history after she told an Idaho Statesman reporter she and her husband came to Mountain Home in 1996; it’s the same story she told me in an interview in August....

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014




TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

Not actually Basque... 

When little-known candidate Sherri Ybarra won a four-way GOP primary race for state superintendent of public instruction in May, some speculation focused on her Basque-sounding last name as an advantage in the race. Basques are one of Idaho’s more colorful longtime ethnic minorities; they're also...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014

Of stakeholders, taxes, and starving schools... 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today's debate at the City Club of Boise between the two candidates for state superintendent of schools. After the debate, I asked former Superintendent Jerry Evans for his impressions. Evans, a Republican, hasn’t endorsed either...

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Jana Jones and Sherri Ybarra debate on Friday (Betsy Russell)

How to recruit, retain teachers... 

Asked about how Idaho could better recruit and retain teachers, Democrat Jana Jones told the City Club of Boise that she saw districts starting school this year with vacant teaching positions, having to fill in with student teachers or long-term substitutes. An Idaho teacher, she...

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Jones, Ybarra spar on resources, party, standards...

Asked if, as a member the Democratic minority, she can work with the GOP-dominated Legislature, state schools superintendent candidate Jana Jones said, “We’ve had eight years of leadership under the same party and look where we are today. It’s important that we have someone who...

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Schools chief hopefuls outline differences...

The first question posed to the two candidates for state schools superintendent was about the main philosophical difference between them. Republican Sherri Ybarra responded, “My proven method of address the whole child is a method of just individualizing education and paying attention to the unique...

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