Wyoming Liberty Group
In this short video, Amy Edmonds outlines the disconnect between skyrocketing education spending and student outcomes. If you think spending more means better outcomes, you must watch this video.
State revenues are declining dramatically and are expected to continue to decline. That means big ticket items, even crucial ones like K-12 education, must feel the pinch. No one wants the quality of education in Wyoming to drop, but the spending on it must decrease. Why? The Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG) projected in January that total minerals distributions in the five-year period 2016-2020 would be 29 percent or some $2.6 billion less than in the five years 2011-15. That will require real efficiencies and they can only be found where real dollars are being spent.
Amy Edmonds joined John Birbari on KVOW in Riverton to discuss the current state budget crisis and how education spending could play in key role in budget reductions. Education spending has been on the rise for several decades yet student outcomes have not improved significantly.
Common Core has been one of the most polarizing education initiatives ever conceived by national education bureaucrats. From its conception it has divided and angered hundreds of thousands of parents across the country. They created huge numbers of grassroots organizations, including several here in Wyoming, to oppose this corrosive education scheme. These groups have spent years working to eliminate the Common Core Standards and the testing scenarios that accompany them.
Members of the Wyoming House and Senate Education committee met last week at the close of the legislative session to discuss potential topics to study over the next 10 months. The meeting began with all of the lackluster enthusiasm of insomniacs watching a midnight infomercial. The usual flock of education bureaucrats and lobbyists representing school board members, the teachers union, community colleges, the University of Wyoming and the State Board of Education presented uninspiring testimony on various subjects from the state’s alignment with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to studying transportation costs within the districts.
Wyoming families and friends recently celebrated two school choice events to highlight Wyoming's growing participation in school choice through charter schools, private school, online learning and homeschooling. January's National School Choice Week and February's parent-led Public School Options events brought them to Cheyenne from all corners of the state. Many spoke about the positive role school choice has had in their lives and the lives of their children.