Sherri Ybarra ®
Jana Jones (D)
After the results I have my Opinions
1. People didn't watch the debates between Jana Jones and Sherri Ybarra.
2.People didn't do their research on which candidate would make the best Superintendent of Public Schools in Idaho.
3. Republicans voted for the Party, not for the person.
What do you think? Does she set a bad example for our kids
One of Ybarra's biggest missteps has been her claim
She claimed for months that she expected to get a doctorate in education in August.
But in August, Ybarra had only been enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Idaho for one semester. That month, she received an educational specialist degree, not a doctorate.
Her educational specialist degree is referred to as an Ed.S degree.
Sherri Ybarra isn't clear on how long she's been married, figured she'd be able to get a Ph.D. in education in one semester and hasn't voted in a general election since moving to Idaho 18 years ago. She acknowledged that her campaign website plagiarized material directly from her opponent's, for which she apologized.
She incorrectly named a former rival in the Republican primary as an official of her campaign when he hadn't endorsed either candidate.
What has she accomplished;
She was named Mountain Home's educator of the year twice and helped turn West Elementary into a four star school.
She was a classroom teacher for 11 years, then vice principal and principal at West Elementary School. This is her first year working in the district office as federal programs director and curriculum director.
Idaho Statesman Letters to the Editor
Last week my daughter was behind the 8 ball on a school project. She made this awesome cabin out of twigs, cardboard and moss to visualize the classroom reading on her terms, and she was asked to quote some phrases from the story to accentuate what she chose to emphasize for her project. She asked me the importance of quotations, and I did my best to explain to her that taking someone's words and using them for your own was called plagiarism. I explained why it was important to give people credit for their own hard work and words, and hoped that she understood the importance. I told her that if I plagiarized at my school (BSU), I would be suspended and most likely never trusted again within my academic circles and beyond. My integrity would be at stake and no one would hire me.
Mrs. Ybarra, chief of schools, chief of my daughter's education, could you please explain to my daughter - not to mention my daughter's teacher, who works diligently every day in the public school system to expose my daughter to these essential concepts - the importance of integrity in one's own work and the consequences of failing therein?
Triton Rimkus, Boise
After reflecting this entire day on election results, I cannot get over Sherri Ybarra winning the superintendent race. Even if we cast aside every misstep over the past several months, how do voters reconcile electing an education leader guilty of something that could cause a university student to be dismissed? What message did we just send our students? Plagiarism is apparently OK in this state. Any student caught doing the same thing can now simply point to our "chief of schools" and claim they thought it was acceptable. Our kids deserve so much better than this kind of leadership, and voters needed to demand better.
Kristi Swanson, Boise
Sherri Ybarra isn't saying much about her transition as state superintendent-elect -- or about her plans when she takes office in January.
So local education officials are in waiting mode. They aren't sure what to expect, so they're also hoping for the best.