“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 […]

President Bebout (Part 2): Leading the fight to not fix education funding

In this multi-part series, Better Wyoming appraises longtime politician Eli Bebout’s first session as Senate President of the Wyoming State Legislature. Click here to read Part 1.

April 20, 2017

CHEYENNE— At the start of the most recent legislative session, everyone knew that Wyoming’s public education system faced a roughly $400 million […]

INTERIM DISPATCH: “Recalibration” committee will have to do more than recalibrate to fix school funding

April 6, 2017

“Recalibration.” It was the one-word answer most Republican legislators gave during the recent session when asked how they plan to solve an anticipated $400 million shortfall in Wyoming education funding through 2020.

The idea behind “recalibration” is that the state will be able to tinker enough with its funding […]