Education

WPM is committed to covering education issues in Wyoming in a thoughtful and thorough way. This page captures all education-related stories we've aired and updates you on broad issues.

A national report on the state of children came out this week from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, based primarily on census data.

Stephanie Joyce

The University of Wyoming is establishing new connections with China, the most common country of origin for the roughly 1,100 international students living in the state.

Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College and the Northern Arapaho Business Council have reached an agreement to begin offering college courses on the Wind River Reservation.

Screen shot from Wyoming PBS live stream

Wyoming is the only state not using Medicaid to cover special education services in schools, and that could be costing the state money.

University of Wyoming

Laurie Nichols has been named interim president at Black Hills State University. That's according to a statement released Monday from the university located in Spearfish, South Dakota.

by Tennessee Watson

There’s a college dropout crisis in America. That’s according to a recent report from the New York Times and the Urban Institute’s Center on Education Data and Policy. They found that roughly one in three students who enroll in college never earn a degree.

Reinette Tendore

High School Native American students and their families have long-standing traditions of beading elements of their dress or wearing feathers on their tassels at graduation. This is to publicly honor the graduate in front of family and friends. But school districts in Wyoming don't have policies protecting their right to do that.

Jenny Marshall


According to the Centers for Disease Control, students who feel connected to their teachers and peers are more likely to succeed in school and stay out of trouble. To give students a sense of power and stability, the Woods Learning Center in Casper is using "connection circles."

Data from Campbell County School District

The Campbell County School District Board of Trustees is taking the next steps as they consider allowing teachers to carry concealed guns in schools.

Campbell County School District

The Campbell County School District's Board of Trustees has approved salary increases for its staff and teachers.

Ryan Shippy / Sheridan College

A student from Sheridan College was one of ten students from across the country chosen for a highly competitive cyber-security internship this summer.

The University of Wyoming is hosting a unique Memorial Day tradition over the holiday weekend. The Murph Challenge starts with a one-mile run, then 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, and 300 squats, and ends with another one-mile run. The challenge can be done individually or in teams.

Tennessee Watson / Wyoming Public Radio

Community members gathered in Cheyenne Thursday evening to discuss next steps following incidents of racism and homophobia at McCormick Junior High. The incidents involved reports of ongoing bullying directed at students of color and LGBTQ students. Posters were found around the school with racist and homophobic language at the end of March.

Wikimedia Commons

Every year, the University of Wyoming hosts the annual Wyoming Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) conference. The event is focused on inspiring young women, 7th grade through high school, who are interested in STEM subjects to continue in the field by providing them with role models and networks on campus.

Wyoming Department of Education

Most states have at least one policy related to computer science education, but Wyoming is one of just six states with a plan for how to bring computer science into every Wyoming classroom in the state, according to Code.org.

Taylar Stagner

Native students and educators alongside the Albany County school board are coming up with a policy to protect beadwork and feathers on graduating seniors' caps.

University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees selected Neil Theobald to be the university's acting president.

Tennessee Watson / Wyoming Public Radio

Gov. Mark Gordon addressed the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees Thursday.

Kamila Kudelska

Last year was the first year fifth graders from three schools on the Wind River Reservation participated in a cultural field camp just south of Yellowstone. The day camp organized by the National Forest Service hopes to give Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho children a chance to learn their culture while outdoors.

Teacher Pay Gap Reaches New Highs

May 17, 2019

Public school teachers are seeing historically low wages compared to workers with similar education and skills. Noah Glick found our region varies wildly according to a new report.

Last year, the weekly wages for teachers was more than 21 percent lower than those of comparable workers. That’s according to the recent analysis from the Economic Policy Institute.

Collage by Tennessee Watson

Summer break can cause students to lose some of what they have worked hard to learn during the school year. Jillian Balow, Wyoming's Superintendent of Public Instruction, said there are ways to prevent what's called summer slide. 

Operation Prevention

A 60-second public service announcement created by a junior at the Cody High School won third place in the Operation Prevention video challenge. The program aims to educate students nationally about the science behind addiction. 

Colorado just passed a bill that will create media literacy guidelines for schools. It joins Utah and a growing number of states tackling this issue.

Photos courtesy of the University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees announced Friday the names of three candidates for acting president. The candidates are UW's former Vice President for Governmental and Community Affairs Chris Boswell; former Vice President for Finance and Administration Bill Mai; and current Vice President for Finance and Administration Neil Theobald. 

Tennessee Watson / Wyoming Public Radio

School boards across Wyoming are in the midst of putting together budgets for the coming academic year. While lawmakers took a break from reducing education funding in 2019, they failed to identify new revenue and more stable funding for schools. K-12 education funding saw roughly $100 million in cuts between 2016 and 2018. School boards say they are still absorbing the shock of those cuts.

McCormick Junior High

Laramie County School District #1 issued a statement Friday regarding its investigation into complaints of bullying and harassment at McCormick Junior High.

Northern Wyoming Community College District

The Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) had a big showing at the state career and technical education competition.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon is touring the state with a focus on combating childhood hunger.

Catherine Wheeler

Gillette College and the University of Wyoming's College of Engineering are working on a new partnership that could bring more opportunities for students in northeast Wyoming.

Wyoming Department of Education

Wyoming is one step closer to teaching computer science in K-12 schools across the state by 2022. A mandate to do so was passed by the state legislature in 2018.

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