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While Wyoming State Senate leadership pushes for more education cuts, a committee votes to require new computer science courses in public schools

Oct. 17, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Many Wyoming state senators finished last legislative session feeling confident that the cuts they’d made to public education were just a start.

For the second year in a row, the Senate had led a campaign to slash public school funding—$55 million in cuts over the past […]

Lawmaker proposes to divert mineral tax revenues from savings accounts and use them to fund education instead

Sept. 18, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Most people in Wyoming don’t want to cut public education, because education is really important and we should continue to properly fund it. Duh.

But at the same time, the state has grown so accustomed to having mineral taxes pay for all our public services—including education—that […]

Protecting special education funding at a time when “all options are on the table”

Sept. 5, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Terri Dawson came to an education meeting in her hometown of Buffalo last month determined to explain why Wyoming needs to continue funding special education.

She is the director of the statewide Parent Information Center, which advocates for and empowers families of children with disabilities. She […]

Fearing cuts, educators want to keep school funding model

Aug. 28, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Educators at a recent meeting on school funding in Buffalo all said they fear more legislative budget cuts and want to see the state stick with its current funding model.

But a Gillette legislator tried to throw a bucket of cold water on that idea even […]

“Recalibration” won’t make Wyoming public schools more efficient—but it provides political cover to lawmakers who want to cut education funding

Aug. 8, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

The consulting firm hired to tweak Wyoming’s public school funding system in an attempt to address the state’s $250 million education budget shortfall told a legislative committee late last month they could complete their evaluation and make recommendations by December or January.

That’s not fast enough, […]

Wyoming is the best in the United States at educating low-income students. But will our leading role survive the Legislature’s budget cuts?

July 24, 2017

By the Better Wyoming staff

State legislators who claim Wyoming doesn’t get enough “bang for the bucks” it spends on public education should get a failing grade.

Data released earlier this year by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows that Wyoming tops the nation in an important measure […]

Sen. Ray Peterson pretends to care about poor people (when it fits his anti-tax agenda)

June 22, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Don’t tell Sen. Ray Peterson (R-Cowley) that funding Wyoming’s public education system is the state’s top priority.

At a meeting last week in Riverton, the co-chairman of the Joint Revenue Interim Committee recounted an email he received from a woman in Gillette who told him that […]

Lawmakers slightly change their tunes on taxes and education

June 20, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

The budget crunch facing Wyoming education has lawmakers speaking a little differently these days.

Sure, Senate President Eli Bebout (R-Riverton) still hems and haws about Wyoming’s “spending problem” and claims there’s a “silent majority” that apparently is fine with gutting public education. But even this staunch […]

Everything you know about Wyoming taxes is wrong

June 6, 2017

By Better Wyoming Staff

The truth about Wyoming’s tax structure and how it affects our economy is likely the opposite of what many residents think.

It’s important to know how the tax system works—especially who it punishes and who it rewards—as state legislators reluctantly begin debating if any taxes should […]

Cookout and Speak Out for Wyoming Public Schools!

Tell the Legislature to “Buck Up” for Wyoming Public Education

Wyoming faces a $400 million annual shortfall in its education budget, even after cutting $55 million the past two years.
 The Legislature can’t cut its way out of this budget crisis.
We need to raise new revenues now.

Join us to deliver this message […]