Congratulations to Sherri Ybarra on her re-election as Idaho’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction. We know she cares about students throughout the state and is confident she will continue to prioritize the needs of those students, along with our great professional educators, as she sets a course toward making Idaho’s public education system one we can all be proud of.
Thank you to Cindy Wilson for her passion and dedication to teachers, students, and public schools. We were extremely proud to support our colleague and longtime IEA member in this race. Cindy elevated the discussion on a number of key topics and brought important issues to the forefront—not just for the candidates but for everyone concerned with public education in Idaho.
We look forward to working with Superintendent Ybarra, other education stakeholders, elected officials, parents, and communities on behalf of our students. Together we can move our public education system forward and provide Idaho children with the access and opportunities they need—and deserve.
Congratulations also to Lieutenant Governor Brad Little on his election as Idaho’s next Governor. He faced a very capable challenger in Paulette Jordan, who raised awareness about many key issues Idaho will be dealing with in the years ahead.
We look forward to working with the new class of elected officials in Idaho to ensure our students and professional educators have the resources and opportunities they need. Many candidates came out in support of public education on the campaign trail, and we encourage the public to be vigilant in holding all elected officials to those promises. Rest assured the Idaho Education Association and its members will be.
A profound thank you to everyone who ran for elected office and participated in the democratic process. Our state and our people are better for your time, effort, and enthusiasm. Our system only works if the people are engaged in the process, and voters went to the polls in record numbers this year. Idahoans clearly showed that they want their voices heard, and we hope that trend continues.
Kari Overall – IEA President