State Superintendent Warns Lawmakers Against Repealing Academic Standards

State Superintendent Warns Lawmakers Against Repealing Academic Standards

February 12, 2020

As Clark Corbin reports for Idaho EdNews, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra provided state lawmakers with an analysis of federal education laws as a warning for them to not repeal academic standards without replacing them. According to Ybarrra, doing so “could jeopardize $250 million in annual federal funding for Idaho’s most at-risk students.” Ybarra cites the need for the state to put in place “replacement standards that meet Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)” or else risk federal funding. The Idaho House Education Committee had previously voted to “repeal all of Idaho’s K-12 academic standards in math, English and science.” Since, the Senate Education Committee voted unanimously to keep the standards.