High Court: Idaho lawmakers didn’t limit school chief’s authority

The Idaho Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by the state’s top education official against lawmakers that accused them of limiting her authority.

The court in a 5-0 ruling Monday dismissing the lawsuit said lawmakers did not violate the Idaho Constitution when they approved two laws earlier this year transferring 18 technology workers and $2.7 million from Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra’s control to the state Board of Education.

Sherri Ybarra

Ybarra, a statewide elected official, contended lawmakers used the budgeting process to make an illegal attack on her office that prevented her from discharging her duties and unconstitutionally gave them to the board.

But the justices said the two bills signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little did not unconstitutionally limit Ybarra’s authority.

Instead, the court said that the board is the entity with the authority to set educational policy and is in charge of general supervision of the public school system, while Ybarra is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day policies authorized by the board. (AP)

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