Author Archives: Amy Edmonds

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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Enacting Federal Education Policy: The Definition of Insanity

*This post was originally published on May 22, 2014 According to the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming will not be receiving a waiver renewal from the United States Department of Education for the 2014-2015 school year, and this is ultimately … Continue reading

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Here we go again: Fed Ed Secretary Announces Another Federal Initiative

*This post was originally published on July 17, 2014 Fed Ed Secretary Arne Duncan announced this week that the U.S. Department of Ed is initiating a multifaceted new strategy to ensure every American public school child will have equal opportunities … Continue reading

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Time to Disinfect Out the Common Core

*This post was originally published on May 9, 2014 Perhaps the biggest dose of reality for those who believe they know what is best for all the rest of us is when they discover they really don’t know the rest … Continue reading

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The Boogeyman in Public Education

Last week I wrote about free speech in public education and how one community in Wyoming (Cody) is up in arms, neighbor fighting neighbor, over the eminent purchase of a K-8 reading curriculum. What in the world could get folks … Continue reading

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Education is About Growing A Rose

*This post was originally published on May 8, 2014. I just read a piece entitled “Why I teach Philosophy to Plumbers” by Professor Scott Samuelson; he writes about why a liberal arts education matters in our modern world. In a similar vein, … Continue reading

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