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Joint Education Committee Must Respect Role of Parents

CHEYENNE: Wyoming’s Joint Education Committee will meet on Friday, April 25 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 302 at the State Capitol to take public comment on the organization of public education. The Wyoming Liberty Group calls on legislators comprising the Committee to create legislation changing Wyoming’s standards process to provide parents with more representation before standards are presented to the State Board of Education. 

“Parents and their children have the most to gain–and lose–when it comes to the quality of the educational system,” said Amy Edmonds, Policy Analyst at the Wyoming Liberty Group. “Ultimate accountability should be with parents and it’s time the Committee respect the rightful authority of parents over educational governance.”

The Joint Education Committee, a component of the State Legislature, consists of five State Senate and nine State House members and is co-chaired by Sen. Hank Coe and Rep. Matt Teeters. 

“Parents have the only real power to drive accountability in education,” Edmonds said. “The Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards controversies show it is time for the committee to reject education schemes that further erode local control over education and to give parents their proper place at the table.”

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