Author Archives: Amy Edmonds

Congress Continues Federal Boondoggle in Education

UPDATE: On Wednesday, Dec. 9th, one day after publication of this blog, the US Senate reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in the form of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) by a vote of 85-12. The United … Continue reading

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Utopia or Reality in Education?

Great American men of letters like Russell Kirk and M.E. Bradford have written much about the contrast between those who favor human realities and those who wish to impose utopias on human society.  While we are tempted to consign these … Continue reading

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School Districts Strangle School Choice

“This is the biggest anti school choice vote by a local school board in state history.” Sandy Shanor, Chair of Laramie County School Board #1 In a historic 5-2 vote last week in Cheyenne, the state’s largest school district passed … Continue reading

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Charter School Battle Heats Up in Wyoming

Wyoming is no stranger to the ugliness of the school choice battle. When it comes to the state monopoly over education, parents are almost always the losers. Currently, local school districts are the only body with the authority under the … Continue reading

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School Choice Provides Real Taxpayer Savings

This fall Wyoming legislators are busy attending interim Committee meetings on a variety of subjects, all of which will be addressed in the cold winter months of February and March during the 2016 Budget Session. Current trends indicate long-term budget … Continue reading

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School Accountability: Putting Wyoming Parents in Jail

*This post was originally published on October 22, 2014. For those of you who do not follow the news closely, you may have missed a recent piece on Wyoming Attorney General’s (AG) August letter stating that parents do not have the right … Continue reading

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Behind the Scene Politics Being Played to Stop Wyoming Parents

This post was originally published on November 11, 2014. For Wyoming parents wondering what really happens behind the scenes to push the direction of statewide education policy, they need look no further.  A stunning video released this past week by the … Continue reading

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Homeschooling on the Rise Nationally

Sheridan, Wyoming mom Sierra Mullinax traveled through the rolling hills of eastern Missouri recently, watching for Amish buggies to appear as she talked about her decision to change her children’s education. She and her kids were traveling on a 10-day, … Continue reading

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Wyoming PAWS Results: A Trifecta of Education Misery

*This post was originally published on September 25, 2014. The Wyoming Department of Education on Monday released the statewide 2014 PAWS (Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students) results in what can only be described as a rather apologetic press release. Having … Continue reading

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Wyoming Denies Parents Right to Opt Children Out of High Stakes Testing

This post was originally published on October 2, 2014. Last week the Wyoming Department of Education released to the public a letter dated August 27, 2014 from the Attorney General’s office stating that parents have no right to opt their children out of statewide … Continue reading

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