Wyoming Liberty Group
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.
Amy Edmonds speaks to Glenn Woods about a great opportunity for Wyoming families to have real educational choice through the proposed Wyoming Education Savings Account which would allow parents to chose whatever education is right for their child.
UPDATE: On Wednesday, Dec. 9th, one day after publication of this blog, the US Senate reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in the form of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) by a vote of 85-12.
The United States Senate is about to pass the latest iteration of federal overreach in public education, following the House’s approval of the conference report last Wednesday. The latest boondoggle, entitled Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is the newest version of President Lyndon Johnson’s 1960’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The most well known version prior to the ESSA was the 2002 No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
Great American men of letters like Russell Kirk and M.E. Bradford have written much about the contrast between those who favor human realities and those who wish to impose utopias on human society. While we are tempted to consign these considerations to the dusty shelves of aging libraries, we do so at our peril. Government utopias are phony constructs that cost taxpayers and citizens dearly; they leave in their wake decades of destruction, as history has shown us.