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How can Wyoming better address Career & Technical Education?

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Kids, parents and teachers, as the school year gets underway, are you noticing the impact of state budget cuts to education? If yes, in what way?

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What’s the best way to keep schools safe from violence?

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Should the legislature vote to raise taxes for education?

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How should state lawmakers resolve the education funding shortfall?

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What changes would you like to see in your local K-12 curriculum?

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What changes would you like to see made to standardized testing for K-12 students?

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What do you do to keep your kids engaged in education over the summer months?

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What is the impact of removing controversial subjects from the K through 12 curriculum? 

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Hundreds of parents, students, and teachers showed up for a contentious school board meeting about reading curriculum in Cody Tuesday night. 

Cody teachers, administrators, and parents spent nearly three years selecting reading and language materials for the school district. They chose Houghton and Mifflin’s Journey curriculum books.

School Superintendent Ray Schulte says 8 or 9 people filed 40 complaints against the selection. Newly elected school board member Scott Weber had problems with some of the content.

“There’s junk science in there.”

This week a group of legislators will be deciding how much money Wyoming schools will receive over the next five years. The process is called re-calibration and it looks at all the elements of the school funding model. 

The review comes at a time when the state is looking at a possible financial downturn and Senate Education Chairman Hank Coe says that will enter into their discussions. He says they may need to be more frugal than in the past.

What can Wyoming schools do to prepare students for tech jobs?

Apr 13, 2015
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As Wyoming looks to the growing technology sector to help drive its economy, what can Wyoming schools do to prepare students for tech jobs?

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What role should the state play in keeping schools and teachers accountable for properly educating students? 

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Wyoming Public Media's Education Reporter, Aaron Schrank, moderated a discussion on Common Core issues in Wyoming on September 10, 2014. Panelists included University of Wyoming Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Mark Stock, Wyoming Education Association President Kathy Vetter, Wyoming Liberty Group's Amy Edmonds and Cheyenne South High School Math Teacher Jayne Wingate.

You can watch the forum on Wyoming PBS on September 29 at 8:00pm, September 30 at 1:00pm and on October 5 at 11:00am.

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Sep 8, 2014
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Two of the three Republican candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction say it should be left up to local school boards to determine if teachers or others can have guns in schools. Bill Winney was adamant that the issue should be decided locally.

“There’s something in me that says a teacher shouldn’t be standing in front of a classroom with a pistol on their hip…I got that. But that’s not the real point…the real point is the authority and local control of our school boards.” 

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A Laramie-based education foundation that focuses on professional development for teachers has recognized Johnson County School District #1 for the number of teaching staff there who have earned National Board Certification.

National Board Certification is a voluntary and rigorous assessment program to develop and recognize accomplished teachers. The John P. Ellbogen Foundation awards Wyoming schools where at least 20 percent of staff earn the certifications. Johnson County One is the first district in Wyoming to achieve that in each one of its five schools.

What do you want from the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction?

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What's the most pressing education issue in Wyoming?

May 27, 2014

What is the most pressing education issue in Wyoming? 

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Is Common Core good for Wyoming Education?

Apr 28, 2014

Is Common Core good for Wyoming Education?

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What are your views on the proposed Next Generation Science Standards for Wyoming students?

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What education reforms would you like to see from the Wyoming Legislature?

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The results of Adequate Yearly Progress for the last school year have been released and fewer schools met the required standard. 

A-Y-P is a federal measure of achievement that's determined through A-C-T data and the Wyoming Proficiency Assessment.  Schools that score poorly on A-Y-P can lose the ability to decide how they spend federal funds. 

David Holbrook of the Wyoming Department of Education says that those interested in how their schools fared can look at the Department’s website.

Wyoming's assessment system could use a tweak

Aug 20, 2013

Wyoming’s new Director of Education would like to make some changes to how the state uses assessment tests for students. 

Right now the tests take place in the spring and the results of those tests are not available until the fall.  Education Director Rich Crandall would like to speed that up, so that teachers can implement the results to better help students.

The State Board of Education will interview six people who want to become Wyoming’s Director of Education.  The position was created by the legislature to oversee the State Department of Education after lawmakers removed those duties from the State Superintendent.

State Board Chairman Ron Micheli says they will announce the names of the semi finalists after the candidates have confirmed their availability to be interviewed for the position.  He says the board considered a number of people.                       

Today the Wyoming Board of Education begins the process of trying to find a Director of Education.  Board Chairman Ron Micheli said the board plans to interview a group of candidates this weekend and narrow the list to three by Saturday and submit that list to the governor for his consideration. 

The Director will be in charge of running the State Department of Education after Superintendent Cindy Hill’s duties were changed by the state legislature.  Micheli said that he’s looking for someone who will be a good fit for Wyoming.

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Wyoming’s Interim Education Director is expressing concerns about the state’s declining graduation rate.  Jim Rose notes that Wyoming’s high school graduation rate has fallen below 80 percent for the second straight year.

The most recent numbers show that 78-point-nine percent of public high school students graduated in the 2011-2012 school year. Rose says this is an indicator that the state has some work to do to get the graduation numbers higher.

Wyoming ACT score remains the same

Aug 23, 2012

For the second straight year, Wyoming students scored 20-point-3 out of a possible 36 in the college entrance exam known as the ACT.  The national average was 21-point-one.  

Wyoming Education officials say the score is not disappointing because all high school juniors in the state are required to take the test, while only college bound students take the test in 42 other states. 

Paul Williams is part of Wyoming’s assessment team.  He says Wyoming had mixed results.