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Wyoming Department of Education

Top state officials are requiring Wyoming schools stay closed through April 17. State Superintendent Jillian Balow and the Wyoming Department of Education have been working with districts across the state to help figure how schools will work for all students if closures persist.

Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Balow first about how statewide exams have been canceled for this year.

Samira Caamano

On Friday, Governor Mark Gordon and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow extended a recommendation for all Wyoming schools to shut down until at least April 17 in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus. Some schools have been on Spring Break and the closures just felt like an extra-long vacation…at first.

But lots of parents were left wondering whether they were now responsible to homeschool.

Bob Beck

The Wyoming Legislature wrapped up its work this week with concerns about the future. A downturn in oil prices and worries about a drop in investment income has lawmakers thinking that they may need to make some difficult decisions in the not-too-distant future.

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Top state officials on Thursday said the risk for the coronavirus in the state remains low.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) said there is still only one reported case of COVID-19 in the state. A woman in Sheridan County was confirmed to have the coronavirus on Wednesday, March 11.

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The State Senate has passed a bill that sets up a process for legislators to review the school funding model and take a close look at education requirements.

Wyoming State Senator Affie Ellis.
LINDSAY LINTON BUK

Cheyenne Senator Affie Ellis successfully added an amendment to include more non-politicians in discussions over how Wyoming spends its education money.

Bob Beck

The Wyoming Legislature will be undertaking what is called a recalibration of its school funding system. It's a process where lawmakers look at what they require of educators and the state is paying enough for education. But for the first time since it was developed, the committee will study what is in Wyoming's basket of goods. Those are the skills and content areas students are required to learn, such as math and science.

Tennessee Watson

Wyoming lawmakers are still looking for ways to pay for education funding. A variety of tax proposals have been rejected and the long term forecast shows a major deficit in funds used for education.

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During his State of the State message, Gov. Mark Gordon indicated that there is a need to reduce education spending.

Kamila Kudelska

Vocational classes that teach high school students trade skills are common in our state. One school is taking its vocational skills to the next level. Lovell High School is now in the tiny house business.

Catherine Wheeler

Destiny and Taylor are both 17 years old and from Rock Springs. In 2019 both attended a disciplinary school in Sheridan called the Wyoming Girls School. They say there are good parts of Wyoming, but difficult experiences are pushing them to leave. For our "Belonging" series, the two sat down to discuss how their experiences in and out of Rock Springs have shaped them and their ideas of community. Destiny starts the conversation off. 

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Powell High School and Northwest College are partnering to offer vocational classes to high school students who are not planning to go to college.

Zachary Opps

One of Powell Middle School's robotic teams will represent Wyoming at a world competition in April.

Washakie County School District #1 recently presented its new approach of keeping students on track to graduate at the Wyoming School Board Association Annual Conference.

Milken Family Foundation

Educators put in a lot of time with little recognition, but sometimes a light is shown on their work. Recently, at Johnson Junior High School in Cheyenne, a well-thought-of principal was awarded a major prize in the school's first all-school assembly.

Milken Family Foundation

Johnson Junior High School had never had an all-school assembly. On Monday, December 9, it had its first.

Brian Cox, the school's principal, organized the whole thing, but thought he was setting up an assembly for Wyoming's State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. He expected her to recognize the school's initiatives to ensure that all students had access to breakfast. Little did he know that the multiple VIPs from around the state that were there, were there to recognize him.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be discussing bills to fund programs that help pay for public schools and infrastructure in rural areas this Thursday.


State rankings are out for 2019 ACT test scores. For the Mountain West, it’s a mixed bag.

 


NAEP Scores A Mixed Bag

Nov 1, 2019
Wyoming Department of Education

Wyoming saw some up and down results with the annual National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP scores.


On a tour of the Juvenile Services Center in Cheyenne, Sgt. Jay Stewart explains that juvenile offenders stay here for an average of 49 days. But whether they're here for a week or a year, kids are required to go to school. 

Northern Wyoming Community College District

The new Northern Wyoming Community College District president is touring Northeast Wyoming to learn more about community needs. 

District President Walter Tribley will be visiting Kaycee, Big Horn and Wright over the next couple of weeks to connect with more residents in the district’s service area. 

University of Wyoming

This Saturday, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a University of Wyoming student club, is hosting Wyoming 5th through 9th grade girls at the WOMENgineering conference.

The Reverend Debra W. Haffner is executive director of the Religious Institute, a multifaith, nonprofit organization dedicated to sexual health, education and justice. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she is an endorsed community minister with the Unitarian Church in Westport, CT.

Wyoming Department of Education

Dane Weaver of Ten Sleep has been awarded Wyoming's 2020 teacher of the year. Weaver has been teaching social studies in Ten Sleep to seventh through 12th graders for the past three years. He said social studies is all about building critical thinking skills.

Bob Beck

The University of Wyoming has opened its new Engineering Education and Research facility. The $105 million project is being touted as one of the most advanced learning facilities in the nation and will not only benefit students, but the state and community as well.

Northern Wyoming Community College District

This summer, Walter Tribley took over as the president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District. Tribley has 20 years of experience in higher education. Most recently, he was the president of Monterey Peninsula College in California. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler sat down with Tribley at Sheridan College to talk about his goals as he begins his new position.

"I Wouldn't Change A Thing About Wyoming"

Sep 9, 2019
Charles Fournier

Recent Torrington High School graduates Quentin Meyer and Ryan Walson love Wyoming as it is. For our "Belonging" series, the childhood friends sat down to reflect on the agriculture and stories that pull them to stay while acknowledging the career possibilities that may draw their lives outside of the state they hold dear.

Wyoming Community Foundation

 

 

Students of color are more likely to be suspended from Wyoming's public schools than their white counterparts. That's according to a report released by the Wyoming Community Foundation.

Cheryl Hughes

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West co-hosted an intensive week long workshop for teachers on how to use primary sources in their classrooms. This workshop was sponsored by the Library of Congress as part of its effort to teach teachers how to use objects, letters and art in their lesson plans.

Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska spoke with the education director of the National History Museum of National Forest Service History, Cheryl Hughes, and the Center's educator Megan Smith. First, Hughes explained how primary sources can create a placed based learning environment.

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The Powell area is experiencing a surprise uptick of kindergartners at the start of the new school year. Park County School District #1 performs screenings for each grade in the spring to help prepare for the next school year.

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