Wyoming Liberty Group
“This is the biggest anti school choice vote by a local school board in state history.” Sandy Shanor, Chair of Laramie County School Board #1
In a historic 5-2 vote last week in Cheyenne, the state’s largest school district passed a solidly anti school choice resolution for use by the Wyoming School Boards Association (WSBA). Laramie County School District #1(LCSD#1) is one of only two districts that currently operate a charter school within their district. The resolution, written by school board member Nate Breen with input from the WSBA, outlined a series of onerous and unnecessary requirements to be placed upon independent charter schools. Once again, Wyoming parents can point to a consistent pattern of anti school choice behavior by local school boards.
Amy Edmonds and John Birbari talk about why the case for school choice in Wyoming is more urgent than ever, on KVOW Radio in Riverton. September 30, 2015
Wyoming is no stranger to the ugliness of the school choice battle. When it comes to the state monopoly over education, parents are almost always the losers. Currently, local school districts are the only body with the authority under the law to approve an independent public charter school. These elected school boards have been resistant to almost every attempt by parents and teachers to start charter schools in the cowboy state. . After all, why would they want to create competition for themselves?
Amy Edmonds and KGAB’s Gary Freeman talk about the $270 million school funding shortfall and possible future tax increases to pay for it. September 25, 2015
This fall Wyoming legislators are busy attending interim Committee meetings on a variety of subjects, all of which will be addressed in the cold winter months of February and March during the 2016 Budget Session. Current trends indicate long-term budget problems for Wyoming.
This April I wrote a blog entitled, The Urgent Case for School Choice in Wyoming. I argued that Wyoming legislators should bring school choice measures that work for Wyoming’s tax structure in the next budget session for two reasons: first, because it is the right thing to do for parents statewide who understand the benefits real choice in education has for their children, and second because these measures have been proven to save states money.
Boyd Wiggam discussed The Guild Charter School’s charter application and public hearing before the Natrona County School District Board of Trustees, including the statutes governing the public hearing, with Chuck Gray – live – in the KVOC studio in Casper. Aug. 24, 2015