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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Tennessee Watson

This is the second in a two-part series on this issue. To hear WPR Reporter Melodie Edward's story, click here.

Last year, Wyoming enacted legislation authorizing school districts to teach child sexual abuse prevention. Schools have a unique power to stop sexual abuse because kids spend so much time there. But the bill is not a mandate. It merely says school districts may do prevention work.

Melodie Edwards

This is the first in a two-part series on this issue. To hear WPR Education Reporter Tennessee Watson's follow up, click here.

Renee and her husband bought a home just outside Guernsey with plans to raise a family there. (We're not using their real names to protect children's identities.)

Organizations often privilege fast results from employees. So, making an argument for working slowly might seem counter-intuitive. But that's exactly what anthropologist Paul Stoller is doing.

Wyoming Department of Education

How can Wyoming better address Career & Technical Education?

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U.S. Department of Education

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. For college students, the issue on their campuses remains in flux. Last November, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos unveiled proposed changes to Title IX guidelines pertaining to campus sexual misconduct.

Wyoming Department of Education

The Wyoming Department of Education is hosting listening sessions as it develops a new plan for the state's career and technical education (CTE) programs.

Catherine Wheeler

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded Gillette College a $1 million grant to upgrade technology for some of the college's programs. This is the second time Gillette College has received a grant from the EDA.

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Parents in Cheyenne told Wyoming Public Radio they heard from school administrators, and through their children that rainbow flags -- a symbol of LGBTQ pride and inclusion -- were being banned in Laramie County School District #1.

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Laramie County School District #1 is still struggling to respond to racism and homophobia following an incident in late March. Posters attacking gay students and celebrating the Ku Klux Klan were found in the halls of McCormick Junior High in Cheyenne. In response, LGBTQ students and their allies carried Pride flags to send a message of inclusion.

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