Preserving Quality Public Education

Why do we support public education?   It equalizes the playing field by giving every child a chance.   It is the foundation of equal opportunity.   It removes religious bigotry and segregation from the education system.  You don’t have to pray a certain way, or at all, to attend public school.   It removes financial bigotry and segregation from the education system. Sadly, Wyoming representative Rachel Rodriguez-Williams and Senators…

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The Wyoming legislature passed and Governor Gordon signed HB166 which establishes Education Savings Accounts (ESA) beginning next fall. This new law authorizes the use of  your taxes to pay families to send their children to private schools, and be taught by “educational providers”, who are not required to be trained and licensed teachers. It’s a good chunk of money per child, which is an incentive…

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In the first days of this legislative session, the Freedom Caucus has “killed” several committee-sponsored bills that would have improved the lives of Wyoming citizens. Committee bills are drafted during offseason meetings, where they get extra attention and deliberation by lawmakers, state agencies, and the public. That process requires a thoughtful approach, time, and money, and in return those bills are traditionally prioritized during the…

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Wyoming Rising would like to keep our subscribers up to date on the following issues for our state! Wyoming Corporations Committee to meet on 8/24 and 8/25 The Wyoming Corporations committee will meet this week and take up bills that will affect our Wyoming democracy. 24LSO-0093 Political expenditures would call for the US congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution requiring the identification of…

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Cody High School is facing more book challenges. This one will take place on June 2 at 4:00 pm in the Board Room at Central Office. The Park County School District’s Educational Resource Complaint Committee (KEC) will be considering The Color Purple by Alice Walker* at 4:15 and How to be an AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi** at 5:15. The complainant has announced this meeting…

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Sam Mihara leading a group of educators during a previous workshop. Photo courtesy of Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.   POWELL, Wyo. – Heart Mountain Interpretive Center invites educators to apply for a professional development workshop focused on the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, to be held on February 19, 2022. The workshop will be hosted at the interpretive center and is free to attend,…

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