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Free Speech Silenced at State Board of Education

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The Urgent Case for School Choice in Wyoming

In writing a piece about why school choice is the right choice for parents in Wyoming I could start by reciting a whole slew of numbers regarding graduation rates, college enrollment, academic achievement and taxpayer savings. These figures are readily available everywhere and have been discussed for years by those in the education world.

For instance, I could tell you that according to the US Department of Education Report, Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, students who used the voucher program graduated at a rate of 91%, which is 30% higher than the graduation rate of students in the D.C. Public Schools.

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WyLiberty's Education Update

Here's what's happening in education this week, in Wyoming and around the country.

Recently Al Gore decided to turn up the heat on those not willing to worship the climate change movement as “accepted science.”  Mr. Gore stated at a recent technology event he felt anyone who disagrees with man made climate change should “pay the political price.” One has to wonder what price Mr. Gore is talking about?  Perhaps he would like to silence all speech that doesn't align with his political ideology. 

And in similar news this week the Wyoming State Board of Education met in Saratoga, WY, and voted to move forward with the review of the state’s science standards.  No doubt we will see the same kind of rhetoric coming from those on the board pushing the Next Generation Science Standards adoption in Wyoming.  

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Amy Edmonds gives an update on Week 6 at the Wyoming Legislature, including a discussion of the State Board of Education and why it needs to be eliminated or elected

Amy Edmonds gives an update on Week 6 at the Wyoming Legislature, including a discussion of the State Board of Education and why it needs to be eliminated or elected. February 19, 2015

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Ten Reasons Common Core is Bad for Wyoming

Karin McQuillan, Jackson, WY

Common Core is a liberal program known as Obamacare for education, which is hated by children, parents and conservatives across America. Wyoming should be a leader in fighting against Common Core. Yet even as you read this, Governor Mead and the legislature are going full steam ahead, while parents don’t even know what is happening.

Here are ten reasons you should know about Common Core even if you are not a parent:

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Behind the Scenes Politics Being Played to Stop Wyoming Parents

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 parent-led group, Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core, revealed minutes from an October meeting convened by an education bureaucracy-led group called the ECA (External Cost Adjustment) Coalition

The Coalition, which was apparently formed to ensure an increase in education funding through the use of an ECA, veered away from such school finance issues and stated in their minutes, among other things, that parents are not education experts and that they have “hijacked” education in Wyoming.   The Coalition hinted at back door deals being made to ensure the continuation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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

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 testing in Wyoming public schools. Many Wyoming parents have asked for waivers to opt their children out of high stakes statewide testing and it has been the practise of some school districts to allow parents to opt out. Parents cite a variety of reasons, including concerns over data sharing with the federal government, the intrusiveness of the tests, the amount of testing, and the stress put on their children. The opinion did not address the question of what reprisals a parent who opts their child out might face.

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