State of Wyoming Archives: on Education


Matt Mead: No federal curriculum standards; keep Wyoming standards

We need accountability in our schools. We don't need to push all students into a four-year university. Career and technical education programs are perfectly viable alternatives. Likewise, not everyone has to go to a traditional public school. Religious schools, home schools, virtual schools and charter schools can provide innovative ideas and alternatives to parents. But whether public school or not, all of our kids need a topnotch K-12 education that prepares them for the future.

To ratchet up the quality, we need more rigorous standards. Common core standards have been debated and discussed. We are not signing on with federal curriculum. These are Wyoming standards. We are signing on to a better future for our children by demanding more rigorous standards.

If the federal government tries to steer us in a direction we don't want to go, we will simply refuse. There is no federal hook that will push us from Wyoming law or Wyoming standards. Wyoming law and Wyoming standards control.

Source: Wyoming 2012 State of the State Address Feb 13, 2012

Matt Mead: Charter schools provide new ideas for traditional schools

The issue of charter schools is one I'm interested in moving forward. It is my belief that charter schools could provide some new ideas to be used at traditional schools. For this model to work, the charter schools cannot cherry pick the best students.

We all talk about local control, but I expect school districts to use block grants--state money--in ways that put our students in the best position to succeed. We cannot provide endless funds to school districts without results.

Source: 2011 Wyoming State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Dave Freudenthal: Base cuts on valuation of projects, & keep building schools

I do not support the decision to significantly reduce school capital construction. There are 3 reasons. One is about the only thing that is going to generate jobs in this state for construction is going to be public construction. Second, we are getting some of the most remarkable bids we have ever seen in terms of school construction.

I am also troubled by the fact these reductions were accomplished by essentially dropping four projects off the bottom of the School Facilities Commission list, not based on the valuation of the projects, just sort of, "We need to save $50 million; let's cut it off the bottom."

The decision of the committee to reduce overall funding by 8.5%, based on changes in construction costs, is fine with me. It does not change the number of projects we will be doing. However, I think we need to be cognizant of the fact that we have told school districts, "If you'll play by the rules, and not come to the Legislature and ask for special bills, we'll keep building schools.

Source: Wyoming 2010 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2010

Tim Chesnut: More teachers; more capital funding; and higher salaries

Source: Wyoming 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Dave Freudenthal: Increase teacher salaries & school infrastructure spending

Source: 2002 Wyoming Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Dave Freudenthal: Teach both abstinence AND contraceptives in sex ed

Source: 2002 Wyoming Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Jim Geringer: $10M per year for college merit scholarships

Our University and our community colleges have a significant capacity to enroll more students. We need to provide greater incentives for our young people to achieve their personal and professional goals through higher education. We hope to attract as many as 80 per cent of our top Wyoming high school graduates through academic and career enhancing scholarships. Initially, the Horizon Merit Scholarship program would cost $5M per year, increasing to $10M per year once fully implemented.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Wyoming Legislature Jan 10, 2001

Jim Geringer: $26M for professional and vocational skills training

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Wyoming Legislature Jan 10, 2001

Jim Geringer: Reform Charter School law to allow real parental choice

Wyoming has had a charter school law for several years, but it is ranked nationally as the sixth weakest law. As Wyoming parents have tried to exercise their right to form charter schools within our public school system, they have found the current law unworkable and subject to obstacles and vague interpretations. Given the success with charter schools all across America, I urge you to support Senator Devinís bill that allows parents a real choice within our current system of public education.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Wyoming Legislature Jan 10, 2001

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