Wyoming Liberty Group
Has the Wyoming Constitution and a slew of education litigation results from the Wyoming Supreme Court gotten in the way of transformative education in Wyoming? Listen in as Amy Edmonds talks with Bob Nelson, education finance policy analyst and Boyd Wiggam, chief council for the Wyoming Liberty Group as they discuss the Wyoming education system as it stands today. Do we need to do something with the Wyoming Constitution in order to get real reform in education? Has the requirements of litigation in public education really achieved what it said it would? Listen in and find out!
We read frequently about employers who desperately want to hire and put people to work. And we often read about how young people are desperate to find jobs “with a living wage.” So why aren’t they teaming up and living happily ever after? Where’s the disconnect?
Every year we hear Wyoming test scores have gone up or they have gone down, but what's the REAL story? Listen in as Amy Edmonds talks with Wyoming Liberty Group's new education finance analyst Bob Nelson. He tells us his first impressions of Wyoming's school funding system and its performance results over the past decade. Year-to-year headlines can be dangerously short-sighted in the picture they show of what's happening with education in Wyoming.
Join in as Bob tells us what is really happening in Wyoming when we look at test results over a longer period of time.
Bob Nelson and Amy Edmonds speak with Gary Freeman on KGAB about the serious issues around Wyoming's K-12 school finance system. Is it really true that more money equals better outcomes for students? Listen to find out.
Wyoming has been paying a ton of money for K-12 education since 2005. The reason for the heavy spending? It was a major Wyoming Supreme Court/Legislative overhaul of the way our schools were being funded to equalize spending among students.
Now we find that the consultants, on whose advice the spending was largely based, criticize the system for weak performance. Unbiased observers who look at the facts have to agree that skyrocketing spending isn’t improving results.
Most Wyoming folks like to think of themselves as smart shoppers. We like to cheerfully tell friends about the good deals we’ve found or how paying list price for the latest pickup was worth it. Oddly enough, we don’t seem to shop the same way for our children’s K-12 educations. We neither know nor care how much is being spent nor whether we’re getting our money’s worth. Should we?