Wyoming Liberty Group
“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 a solidly anti school choice resolution for use by the Wyoming School Boards Association (WSBA). Laramie County School District #1(LCSD#1) is one of only two districts that currently operate a charter school within their district. The resolution, written by school board member Nate Breen with input from the WSBA, outlined a series of onerous and unnecessary requirements to be placed upon independent charter schools. Once again, Wyoming parents can point to a consistent pattern of anti school choice behavior by local school boards.
Listen as Maureen Bader and Chuck Gray from KVOC talk about the revenue shortfall and the governor’s non solutions to the problems facing Wyoming. October 8, 2015
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 law to approve an independent public charter school. These elected school boards have been resistant to almost every attempt by parents and teachers to start charter schools in the cowboy state. . After all, why would they want to create competition for themselves?
Wyoming’s Legislative Service Office (LSO) released a report evaluating Public Purpose Investments (PPI), the use of the Permanent Wyoming Mineral Trust Fund (PWMTF) to subsidize loans in the state. The report found that PPIs returned less financially than the Treasurer’s regular portfolio. This is important because no matter how politicians try to spin the benefits, our state funds should not sacrifice returns to show favoritism to favorites. It twists the conveniently foggy notion of “public benefit” into a pretzel.
In a promising moment of bipartisan agreement, members of Wyoming’s Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee began drafting legislation that will allow patients and physicians to contract directly with each other and escape our disastrously overregulated insurance system.
This legislation will strengthen every Wyoming resident’s Constitutional right to health freedom. As stated: