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Sherri Ybarra

A candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Idaho in the 2014 Nov. 4 Idaho General Election

Party: Republican

City: Mountain Home, Idaho

Occupation: Mountain Home School District school administrator

Curriculum director and federal programs director for the Mountain Home School District. She has a master’s and is working toward a doctorate in education. Ybarra taught school in Mountain Home for 11 years before becoming a vice principal and then a principal; she’s in her second year in her current administrative position with the district. Has struggled with a series of gaffes during the campaign, from a campaign website that copied Jones’ to mistakenly identifying a former primary rival as a backer; she says she’s “not a polished politician.”

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Candidate Votes Pct
Sherri Ybarra (R) 216,961 50.67 %
Jana Jones (D) 211,246 49.33 %

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Jana Jones

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Ybarra unclear on budget figures in public instruction presentation to legislators

BOISE – Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra wants local school officials to decide how money should be spent in the classroom. During her first budget presentation to the Legislature on Thursday morning, Ybarra said she hadn’t yet determined how funds for some of her biggest policy initiatives would be spent. Instead, Ybarra said, she wanted to determine those details once she saw how much money the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee budgets for each line item.


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