A biting editorial in this morning's Twin Falls Times-News serves as a wake-up call to Republican Sherri Ybarra, the Mountain Home curriculum director who emerged a surprise winner in the May 20 GOP primary for Idaho superintendent of public instruction.
The Times-News concludes that Ybarra's victory came through the unlikely strategy of "say nothing of substance and fly well below the more nuanced debate going on overhead."
"She had absolutely no idea of what her budget priorities would be when we asked her," writes the Times-News editorial board. "The classic 'I haven't done my homework' response shocked us, when she said she wouldn't know how the the $1.67 billion state education budget should be managed until she got into office."
The editorial further says that Ybarra will face a substantial challenge from Democratic candidate Jana Jones in November.
"Put simply, we need answers between now and November. Specifics please," says the Times-News. "Idaho's students are too important to accept anything less."