Sherri Ybarra, Idaho’s Superintendent of Education, has announced plans to make it more difficult to run for her elected office than it is to run for Governor, President, Congress, or be appointed to the Supreme Court of the U.S.
She is offering up legislation that would change the rules of candidacy.
The qualifications bill would require the state superintendent to hold a valid Idaho administrator’s certificate and graduate from an accredited college or university, as determined by the State Board of Education.
Furthermore, the proposal would require the state superintendent be “actively engaged in educational work in the state public schools or in the state educational institutions.”
The only current qualifications to run for state ed super are as follows:
“No person shall be elected to the office of superintendent of public instruction unless he shall have attained the age of twenty-five (25) years at the time of his election, is a citizen of the United States, has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and shall have resided within the state two (2) years next preceding his election.”
Even the current qualifications in the code seem overly restrictive for elective office. We see no problem for intense qualifications for HIRING a job applicant, but to allow a board to determine if their future boss is qualified-by approving WHICH institution qualifies– is not wise. If city councilors, legislators, and congressmen had to pass education and intelligence requirements, the government would have an entirely different look.
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