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Retired SRO: Schools are “As Safe as You Could Do It”

By Calvin Thompson on December 28, 2012

On December 14, 26 people were tragically shot by a single man in Newtown, Connecticut, the majority at Sandy Hook Elementary School. While this has already sparked a vicious debate in Washington about gun rights and school safety, we at Wyoming Liberty acknowledge that while there is clearly room for debate on these topics, there is also a time for respect and grief.

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Wyoming Educational Accountability: The Best of the Best?

By Amy Edmonds on December 27, 2012

You’ll be on your way up!  You’ll be seeing great sights!  You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.  You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.  You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.  Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.  Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. –Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go

Over two years ago, Wyoming embarked on what could ultimately become a decade long quest for educational accountability in our public schools; a quest to make Wyoming’s schools “be the best of the best” as Dr. Seuss would say.  A series of long and complicated bills have been passed by the Wyoming Legislature to begin the journey.  But now, some are beginning to question where this road is really taking Wyoming.  What will Wyoming’s parents and children gain and what will they lose in this quest?  Has the Wyoming legislature taken them on a journey they may not have wanted to go on?

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Oh the Places You Can’t Go: A Lesson in Wyoming Public Education

By Amy Edmonds on November 5, 2012

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Dr. Seuss’ rhyme invokes what going to school in Wyoming could be like. But imagine a system that locks children into poorly performing schools and prevents parents from doing anything about it.

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Laramie County Schools Show Steady Though Unspectacular Progress

By Keith Phucas on October 30, 2012

Student progress during the last school year in Laramie County School District 1 was “steady but not spectacular,” according to district Superintendent Dr. Mark Stock, who addressed an East High School audience gathered for the 2012 State of the District presentation October 25.

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Higher PAWS Scores Owed to Individual Initiative and School Intervention

By Keith Phucas on October 24, 2012

A Wyoming school district employee unsettled about students’ dismal PAWS scores last year set in motion a state Department of Education intervention at a Fremont County school that dramatically improved the schoolchildren’s reading test scores.

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Improve Education by Empowering Parents

By Ivan Larson on August 7, 2012

The state of Wyoming is willing to pay a great deal for its public education system. The 2010 census found that Wyoming spends $15,169 per student on education. $15,169 is a lot of money, and it has not earned Wyoming a better-than-average ranking on measures of educational quality compared to other states. For example, Wisconsin students consistently do better in measures of achievement than Wyoming students. A feature of their system is that the state funds both public and private schools.

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Yes Minister

“The devil… that proud spirit… cannot endure to be mocked.” – Thomas More

“Artists lie in order to tell the truth. Politicians lie in order to disguise the truth.”V for Vendetta

What can I say about a television series that largely consists of three men talking to each other and features no sex, no violence, and no rap music?  It wouldn’t sell at all. It wouldn’t get on the air, let alone thrive. It certainly wouldn’t last 22 episodes. Nor would it lead to an equally successful sequel.

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