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How to cut Wyoming’s education budget shortfall in half without raising taxes or drawing money from savings

Dec. 21, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Wyoming lawmakers who want to cut public education talk like the state is so broke they simply have no option. We must “live within our means,” they say.

But if Wyoming’s so desperately broke, how did legislators recently put forth a proposal that would create a […]

Consultants, finding no major areas for education cuts, leave lawmakers to defund Wyoming public schools on their own accord

Dec. 14, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Surprise, surprise: The consultants hired to “Recalibrate” Wyoming’s public school funding didn’t find any wasteful bureaucracy, bloated teacher salaries, or any of the other bogeymen that some lawmakers claim are keeping the state from getting enough “bang for its buck.”

The consultants spent months analyzing Wyoming’s […]

Want to cut Wyoming education funding? Fine. That means closing rural schools.

Nov. 6, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

When lawmakers argue that funding cuts can solve Wyoming’s education budget crisis, they talk about things like “bloated teacher salaries” and too much administrative bureaucracy. These things, they say, are what causes Wyoming to pay one of the highest per-student costs for education in the […]

Fearful of proposing new revenues, State Senator uses fake math to argue for education cuts

Oct. 30, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

It’s hard to tell whether Sen. Ray Peterson (R-Cowley) is misinformed or just plain lying when he says things like: Every Wyoming citizen will have to pay an extra $2,000 a year in taxes unless the Legislature makes deep cuts to public education.

Peterson trotted this […]

“Recalibration” committee members slam Sheridan senator over bogus claims about Wyoming public school performance

Oct. 20, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

The Wyoming State Legislature, for all its shortcomings, is typically a polite group. Lawmakers tend to avoid making each other look bad.

But at last week’s School Finance “Recalibration” Committee meeting in Casper, a few committee members appeared to lose their patience when a state senator […]

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, […]