Idaho EdNews reporter Kevin Richert examines state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s first legislative session this year; his full report is online here.
House Education Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt praised Ybarra “evolved” and grew into the job over her first three months. Ybarra’s predecessor, fellow Republican Tom Luna, was the first non-educator to hold the job and served two terms; Ybarra has made it clear she comes at the job as a career educator. For the most part, Ybarra stayed quiet during the 2015 session, Richert writes. She was a regular attendee at Senate and House education committee meetings. But when it came time for the department to testify on legislation, that role fell to former state Sen. Tim Corder, Ybarra’s legislative liaison, or to Pete Koehler, the former Nampa school superintendent serving as her interim chief deputy. More. Betsy Russell, EOB