State schools superintendent Sherri Ybarra and her team are looking to increase the qualifications needed to run for the job.
If the bill surfaces at the Statehouse next winter, it figures to rekindle the debate over the credentials required for the elected superintendent’s position.
Qualifications were a recurring criticism during Tom Luna’s eight-year tenure as state superintendent. The first non-educator to hold the post, Luna had not worked as a school administrator; instead, he served as a Nampa School District trustee. His college degree was a bachelor of arts in liberal arts.
In all, Ybarra special assistant Tim Corder unveiled nine new proposed pieces of legislation Wednesday, at the first day of the Idaho Association of School Administrators conference in Boise. The proposals offer the first public insights into 2016 legislative priorities for Ybarra and the State Department of Education.