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Ybarra opposes career ladder bill, wants pilot project instead, plus 3% raises for teachers

Sherri Ybarra

Just after this morning’s portion of the hearing on HB 222, the teacher career ladder bill – a hearing that will start back up again in the Lincoln Auditorium in just a few minutes – state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra, who sat in the front row through this morning’s hearing, said she opposes the bill. “What I question in this bill … is the oversight of the evaluation piece,” she said. “My solution is out there: It’s a pilot project. I would just encourage that we give all folks raises, just like we do with all state employees, and revisit this.”

State employees are getting 3 percent merit-based raises next year. Ybarra said, “I support giving educators a raise. That is something we all agree upon – making sure we’re treating all employees fairly. I say give everybody a raise … and we will revisit this. This is a large project.”

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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