With the 2016 legislative session in full swing, IEA Communications Director Dave Harbison sat down for an interview with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra. Now in her second year on the job, Superintendent Ybarra discusses what she has learned from education stakeholders over the last year and how it has impacted her vision for public education in Idaho. The conversation also turned to these issues of importance for professional educators, students, parents and others interested in a strong public education system in Idaho.
- Ybarra’s recent budget request for a 7.5% increase in public education funding, including a return to 2009 levels in operational funding and a commitment to fund the second year of the Career Ladder salary allocation formula.
- The importance of professional development and mentoring for teachers.
- Idaho’s need for improvement in college/career counseling and how her $1.750,000 budget request would help.
- The recently-approved “alternative authorization” rule, which will make it easier for districts to hire non-certificated teachers.
- Reaction to the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow private and parochial schools to receive public funding.
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