Wyoming Liberty Group
Wyoming Liberty Group Calls For Elected State Board of Education
CHEYENNE: An elected State Board of Education would best serve Wyoming’s educational needs and allow for more citizen and parental involvement in state education decisions, the Wyoming Liberty Group said today. The Group will propose that option to the Joint Education Committee during its meeting on Friday, April 25 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 302 of the State Capitol.
“A government-appointed Board entrenches government priorities in the public education system and isolates the very people who use and pay for it,” said Amy Edmonds, Policy Analyst with the Wyoming Liberty Group. “We will ask this committee to work to create legislation to elect the State Board of Education.”
According to Wyoming State Statute 21-2-301, the State Board of Education consists of 13 members, 11 of whom are appointed on the basis of school district apportionment; the other two members are the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of the State Department of Education.
“The discussion during the recent State Board of Education meeting alerted us to the urgent need for an elected Board, ” Edmonds said. “Board accusations of political interference by legislators representing their constituents at this meeting shows that many Board members are making decisions without taking parent’s wishes, hopes and dreams for their children into account.”