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District administrators across [[Wyoming]] weighed the use of Next Generation science standards for the 2014-2015 school year following an inconclusive decision by the [[Wyoming State Legislature]]. Legislators passed a state budget in March 2014 that included a footnote prohibiting the use of state funds for the standards, which were developed by the National Research Council and the National Science Teacher Association. The footnote was later interpreted by the Wyoming School Boards Association and Kay Hill, an adviser to [[Matt Mead|Governor Matt Mead]], to prohibit funding of state education programs rather than individual districts.<ref name=science>[http://trib.com/news/local/casper/wyoming-schools-likely-free-to-use-controversial-science-standards/article_11ba40ff-4a7d-58c2-9aa3-5542519fd963.html ''Casper Star-Tribune,'' "Wyoming schools likely free to use controversial science standards," June 29, 2014]</ref>
 
District administrators across [[Wyoming]] weighed the use of Next Generation science standards for the 2014-2015 school year following an inconclusive decision by the [[Wyoming State Legislature]]. Legislators passed a state budget in March 2014 that included a footnote prohibiting the use of state funds for the standards, which were developed by the National Research Council and the National Science Teacher Association. The footnote was later interpreted by the Wyoming School Boards Association and Kay Hill, an adviser to [[Matt Mead|Governor Matt Mead]], to prohibit funding of state education programs rather than individual districts.<ref name=science>[http://trib.com/news/local/casper/wyoming-schools-likely-free-to-use-controversial-science-standards/article_11ba40ff-4a7d-58c2-9aa3-5542519fd963.html ''Casper Star-Tribune,'' "Wyoming schools likely free to use controversial science standards," June 29, 2014]</ref>
  

Revision as of 10:52, 7 July 2014

K-12 Education in Wyoming
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Cindy Hill
Number of students: 90,099[1]
Number of teachers: 7,847
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:11.5
Number of school districts: 61
Number of schools: 354
Graduation rate: 79%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $15,849[3]
See also
Wyoming Department of Education
Wyoming school districts
List of school districts in Wyoming
Wyoming
School boards portal
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Education policy project
Public education in the United States
Public education in Wyoming
Glossary of education terms
Wyoming is home to 61 school districts, 354 schools and 90,099 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education[5]
    • Ron Micheli, Chairman, District 3
    • Scotty Ratliff, Vice Chair, District 7
    • Gerald Reichardt, District 1
    • Pete Gosar, District 2
    • Sue Belish, District 4
    • Belenda Wilson, District 5
    • Ken Rathburn, District 6
    • Hugh Hageman, At-Large Member
    • Kathy Coon, Certified Classroom Teachers
    • Walt Wilcox, Certified School Administrators
    • Kathryn Sessions, Business and Industry
    • Cindy Hill, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Wyoming as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[6]

Demographic Information for Wyoming's K-12 Public School System
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 2,885 3.2% 1.10%
Asian 710 0.79% 4.68%
African American 979 1.09% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 123 0.14% 0.42%
Hispanic 11,326 12.57% 24.37%
White 72,519 80.49% 51.21%
Two or More 1,557 1.73% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

Controversy over district adoption of science standards

District administrators across Wyoming weighed the use of Next Generation science standards for the 2014-2015 school year following an inconclusive decision by the Wyoming State Legislature. Legislators passed a state budget in March 2014 that included a footnote prohibiting the use of state funds for the standards, which were developed by the National Research Council and the National Science Teacher Association. The footnote was later interpreted by the Wyoming School Boards Association and Kay Hill, an adviser to Governor Matt Mead, to prohibit funding of state education programs rather than individual districts.[7]

Opponents disagree with the interpretations of evolution and climate change science in the standards. Despite this opposition, districts like Campbell County School District tested elements of Next Generation standards during the 2013-2014 school year.[8] Goshen County School District has been using portions of the standards since 2010 and approximately 15 districts are proceeding with at least partial implementation for the 2014-2015 school year.[7]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Wyoming school board elections, 2014

A total of two Wyoming school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014 for eight seats. Each district scheduled elections on November 4, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about Wyoming's school board elections in 2014:

The districts listed below served 25,324 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[9] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Wyoming School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Laramie County School District 1 11/4/2014 4 7 13,171
Natrona County Schools 11/4/2014 4 9 12,153


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