Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra wants to be elected to another term serving the students of Idaho. In this edition of Your Voice, Your Vote, learn where Ybarra stands on the issues you care about.
What are the challenges facing Idaho's next Superintendent and how would she handle those challenges in a way that serves Idaho students?
One of the most pressing issues, perhaps the most pressing, is safety in Idaho schools. What would she do to protect students and what kinds of ideas is she pursuing to strengthen trust by Idaho parents?
As Idaho rebuilds its funding formula for education, where are her priorities and how will those priorities help serve educators and students in Idaho?
Early Childhood Education
Where does she stand on pre-k and how does it factor into her overall strategy to make sure young students are meeting goals and entering the school system prepared to learn?
Keeping Idaho Teachers
A problem for Idaho's education system is the rate of teachers who leave the state to pursue the career in higher-paying states nearby. What would she do to help remedy this problem?]
With a goal of 60 percent of students going on to college, and a stagnated rate up until 2018, what would the candidate do to either meet that goal or alter expectations?
College Graduation Rates
Another goal of 60-percent is Idaho's college graduation rate, with a hope to meet 60-percent of 25-34-year-olds to have some sort of college certification. What would she do to meet these goals and encourage students to finish higher education?
Where does she stand on mastery-based learning and what would she do to help students working their way through the Idaho education system?
With an expansion of Idaho's population comes pressure on Idaho schools to meet the needs of a growing student population. What struggles does this add to education in Idaho and what would she do to help alleviate those struggles?
Where does she stand on charter schools and other forms of student choice, and what would she do in the next four years to encourage parents to be more involved in their child's education?
Also on the ballot in November is Proposition 1, which promises to bring money to Idaho schools through the legalization of historical horseracing gambling machines. Where does she stand on the proposition?
Medicaid expansion and efforts to meet the needs of low-income individuals who are in the coverage gap is also on the ballot in November. Where does she stand on this issue facing voters?