Sherri Ybarra

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Sherri Ybarra
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Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
Years in position 0
PredecessorTom Luna (R)
Base salary$101,150
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionHigh School Principal
Office website
Campaign website
Sherri Ybarra is the current Republican Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction. She was elected on November 4, 2014.[1][2] Ybarra was sworn in January 5, 2015, for a four-year term scheduled to expire in January 2019. She succeeded incumbent Tom Luna (R), who declined to seek re-election in 2014 after two terms in office.


Before becoming Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ybarra worked as a high school principal.[1]

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Political career

Superintendent of Public Instruction (2015-present)

Ybarra was first elected Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction on November 4, 2014. She was sworn in January 5, 2015, for a four-year term scheduled to expire in January 2019. She succeeded two-term incumbent Tom Luna (R), who declined to seek re-election in 2014.



See also: Idaho down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Ybarra ran for election to the office of Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction. Ybarra won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014.[3] Sherri Ybarra won the general election on November 4, 2014.


Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSherri Ybarra 28.7% 38,604
Randy Jensen 24.5% 32,948
John Eynon 24.2% 32,521
Andrew Grover 22.7% 30,569
Total Votes 134,642
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.
General election
Superintendent of Idaho, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSherri Ybarra 50.6% 217,049
     Democratic Jana Jones 49.4% 211,483
Total Votes 428,532
Election Results Idaho Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Ybarra's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

The Common Core of Education:

There are some valid concerns and challenges surrounding the adoption of the Common Core; however, Idaho realized what the research confirmed…..that our students needed more. The Idaho Common Core is the critical first step towards achievement. But we can’t stop there, the Common Core’s challenges can be managed, if you continue with a focus on proper implementation and support. For example, we need aligned professional development and more tools for teaching, managerial independence for our leaders, and aligned assessments that aren’t fear-based, or considered “high-stakes.”

I will be the superintendent who aggressively seeks to return control of schools to the local Boards and who drags my feet on any direction towards Federal or State top down control.

Educational Funding

As future Superintendent of Public Instruction, I will spend a lot of my time working with the State Board of Education to ensure mandates are properly carried out. I can make recommendations in regards to funding, and I plan on doing that, but first, I need an opportunity to see what’s working for Idaho. I am very student-centered, and maintaining a vision on the top three priorities can enhance our revenue and show high returns on our investment. Maintaining a vision on the top three priorities (21st century abilities, assessments, and safety & support) will enhance the revenue in the state of Idaho.

1) 21st Century Abilities:

Our world is changing, and quickly. Students need good skills in communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and technology to compete in today’s work force, and a very mobile society.

2) Assessments:

Focusing on the whole child, we need broader measures of growth and achievement that builds on diverse learners. The purpose of assessments is to check students’ understanding and improve teaching, it should not be fear-based or attached to arbitrary “cut scores,” or specifications. Keeping in mind students are whole human beings, not a quantitative number. I believe in high expectations and accountability for everybody; therefore, a test that students take in the beginning of the year, and again at the end of the year, will show growth that’s developmentally appropriate to each child, as an individual.

3) School Safety & Support:

Addressing the whole child includes their safety, and nothing is more important. Safety impacts a student's ability to learn and develop; therefore, I support a few of the Idaho School Safety Task Force recommendations, because preparation is one of the most critical and essential first steps a school can take.

Idaho Pre-Schools:

Research keeps telling us that early childhood education programs better prepare children for kindergarten. Children who participate in early childhood programs have better language skills and are less likely to repeat a grade or need remediation services; however until we manage the challenges of our K-12 students, and particularly the current “fear-based” testing regimen, those problems are likely to trickle down to our most developmentally vulnerable group of children.

Idaho Charter Schools:

They are public schools. With a focus on the whole child, students should have choices, especially if they are suffering, for whatever reasons. Truth of the matter is, there is not enough funds for either traditional or charter schools, and we need to stop disputing over education choice, which has been around for a long time. Again, thinking about what’s best for our students. [4]

—Sherri Ybarra's campaign website, (2014) [5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Idaho Secretary of State, Elections Division, "2014 Candidate/Treasurer Listing," February 18, 2014
  2. Idaho Secretary of State, "November 4, 2014, General Election Results," accessed January 5, 2015
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  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  5. Ybarra for Idaho, "Issues," accessed October 30, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Luna (R)
Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction
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