Author Archives: Maureen Bader

Common Core Standards Mock Local Control of Education

Common Core Standards will not magically conjure up the skills we need to sustain our way of life in Wyoming. They are a set of federally created national standards and assessments that might be good for testing companies but received little if any input from the Wyoming governor at the time. Continue reading

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Citizens Speak Out – Stop Common Core

Presentation by Amy Edmonds to the Wyoming State Board of Education. Continue reading

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Smarter Balance Consortium Threatens Education Autonomy

Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) recently made an informed decision via Executive Order to remove his state from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Career (PARCC), one of two federally funded consortiums created to test the Common Core … Continue reading

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Wyoming Should Follow Florida’s Lead

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced this week that Florida would be pulling out of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two federally funded testing consortiums created to assess the Common Core State Standards. Wyoming, … Continue reading

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A New Education Solution to Fix the Old Education Solution

For more than five decades the federal government has been quick to come up with one giant ready-made solution after another to solve the problems afflicting the public education system. And Wyoming, like all states, for generations has been more … Continue reading

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Tax Revenues Suffer from Sluggish Wyoming Economy

Recent employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the private sector of the U.S. economy has increased its number of employees by 3.4 percent since 2011. This is weak for a recovery, and you would expect that a low-tax state like Wyoming could beat that. Continue reading

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2013 General Session: Mixed Messages Abound

The 2013 General Session came to a rather abrupt close last Wednesday as the gavel fell and lawmakers cleared out their desks to head home.  While the dust settles from the 36 day sojourn by legislators in the capitol city, … Continue reading

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2013 General Session Nears End

The 2013 General Session of the Wyoming Legislature winds down this week.   Today is the final day for third reading of bills, marking the end of floor work and the beginning of a long and boring wait for lawmakers.  The … Continue reading

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Wyoming Revenues: A Lesson in Transparency

In 1974 the Wyoming Legislature created the Permanent Wyoming Mineral Trust Fund (PWMTF) by passing a constitutional amendment that was ratified by the people of Wyoming on November 5, 1974. This amendment made the PWMTF a constitutionally protected, inviolable fund … Continue reading

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The Supplemental Budget: Mirror Amendments

This week began a new phase for the Supplemental budget process as the two final versions of the budget, passed in each chamber on Friday, must now be reconciled through a joint conference committee.  (see the Senate or the House … Continue reading

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