Since I have done this yearly reflection, I find that 2017 was the most mild year I have had reflected upon. That outcome lead me declare this 365 days the year of Sherri Ybarra.
I know that won’t go over well with some. Let me explain.
Normalcy. 2017 had no major brawls that pitted Idaho’s teachers against the State Department or their elected officials. Minor squabbles aside, 2017 marked a high water mark in the ability of teachers and districts to work collaboratively with the SDE and the statehouse. Continue reading →
My crystal ball was rather cloudy last year. I had predicted that the major focus of the 2016 legislature would focus on taxation, largely by decreasing the highest marginal tax rate for the wealthiest in the Gem State. I thought education would take a backseat.
On Monday the doors will open to a new legislative session. It will be a cordial reunion in which freshman will try to be seen with the veterans. In the spirit of bipartisanship, democrats and republicans will mingle together on the floor while waiting for the Govenor’s speech. There will be an atmosphere of opportunity and hope that has been absent since the Great Recession struck the gem state.