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Superintendent candidates clash from the very opening…

As the KTVB debate for state superintendent of schools kicked off tonight, Republican Sherri Ybarra said in her opening remarks that she was glad to address “one of my most favorite” topics, education. “I am a certified superintendent. I do hold three degrees and I was nominated for teacher of the year twice,” she said. “I took a failing school to four-star status.” Ybarra said she wants to press for her vision for addressing “the whole child,” including testing that’s not just a snapshot, “21st century abilities and safety and support.”

Democrat Jana Jones said she has a doctorate in educational leadership, six certifications and 40 years of experience. “I know what needs to be done and more importantly, I know how to do it,” she said. “You’re never going to hear a candidate for state superintendent say that they would like to see unsafe schools or bigger class sizes. … But what you won’t hear is how she’s going to do it, and if the last eight years have taught us anything, it’s that we can’t afford to have four more years of a superintendent who is well intended but ill-prepared.”

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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