School choice in Wyoming
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Wyoming ranks last in the U.S. in private school attendance. Other school choice options for students in the state include charter schools, homeschooling, online learning and voluntary public school open enrollment policies.
Educational choice options
- See also: Charter schools in Wyoming
Charter school authorizers are, according to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), the organizations "designated to approve, monitor, renew, and, if necessary, close charter schools." As of June 2014, the organizations in the following table were listed by NACSA as charter school authorizers in Wyoming:
|Wyoming charter school authorizers|
|Organization||Authorizer type||Number of schools overseen|
|Albany County School District 1||Local education agency||2|
|Fremont County School District 38||Local education agency||1|
| Note: If the total number of charter schools accounted for in this table differs from the total number listed elsewhere on this page, the discrepancy owes to differing calculation methods and data sources.|
Source: National Association of Charter School Authorizers, "Wyoming Charter Authorizers," accessed June 18, 2014
Magnet schools, sometimes called theme-based schools, are public schools of choice that use a specialized subject area or innovative learning approach to attract students from more diverse backgrounds. In fact, magnet schools began as a way to desegregate public schools through choice rather than force. Magnet schools can reach beyond the barriers of school districts, but they are still managed and funded publicly by local districts, even though they are centered around specialized themes and subjects. According to federal and state sources, Wyoming had no magnet schools as of December 2014. It is unclear if the state allows magnet schools but simply does not have any, or if the state's laws do not allow for the designation of such schools.
An estimated 2,585 students were home-schooled in Wyoming during the 2012-2013 school year, which represented approximately 2.67 percent of all students in the state.
In Wyoming, home-based educational programs cannot constitute more than one family unit, and home-based educational instruction must be provided by the child's parent, legal guardian or a person designated by the child's parent or legal guardian.
In Wyoming, most online learning programs are administered through the Wyoming Switchboard Network (WSN), which is a collection of distance education providers for kindergarten through 12th grade students. A total of 1,942 students participated in either full-time or part-time online learning in the 2012-2013 school year, which was a 30 percent increase from the previous school year.
In the 2011-2012 school year 2,390 students, or 2.66 percent of school age children, were enrolled in 35 private schools. Wyoming ranks last in the U.S. in private school attendance.
Public school open enrollment
Wyoming has a voluntary intra-district open enrollment policy and a voluntary inter-district open enrollment policy. This means that students may transfer to different schools within their school district and that they may also apply to attend schools outside of their own school district.
Education ballot measures
Ballotpedia has tracked no statewide ballot measures relating to school choice in Wyoming.
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- National Conference of State Legislatures, "School Choice and Charters," accessed June 18, 2014
- Friedman Foundation for School Choice, "What is School Choice?" accessed June 18, 2014
- The Heritage Foundation, "Wyoming school choice," accessed May 22, 2010
- National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, "Total Number of Schools: Wyoming," accessed June 26, 2014
- National Association of Charter School Authorizers, "Wyoming Charter Authorizers," accessed June 18, 2014
- Public School Review, "What is a magnet school?" accessed December 9, 2014
- Magnet Schools of America, "What are magnet schools?" accessed December 9, 2014
- A2Z Home's Cool - Home Education from A to Z, "How Many Homeschoolers in America?" updated February 3, 2014
- A2Z Home's Cool - Home Education from A to Z, Wyoming Home School Laws," accessed June 26, 2014
- Keeping Pace with K-12 Online & Blended Learning, "Data & Information: Wyoming," accessed June 26, 2014
- U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Private School Universe Survey (PSS)", 2011-12 ; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey", 2011-12 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey", 2011-12 v.1a.," accessed May 12, 2014.
- Education Commission of the States, "50-State Analysis," accessed June 26, 2014
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