Wyoming Political News
Consider it a lesson in open government. The dispute between several media organizations, including the WTE, and the University of Wyoming over its effort to hire a new president in secret is over. Last week the Board of Trustees agreed to open the process to the public; they released the names of the finalists for the position on Friday.
If the Legislature is serious about school accountability n and it should be n one would never know it by the debate in the state Senate in recent days.
As lawmakers wind down this general session, the issue of interim topics has begun to appear on committee agendas.
THE ISSUE: Two controversial measures on guns go before the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
THE ISSUE: The state Senate has approved an amendment to an accountability bill to look at ways of tying test scores to student evaluations.
THE ISSUE: HB 130, which allows the teaching of the Old and New Testaments in state high schools, is before the Senate Education Committee today.
Trying to pin opponents of a state lottery down on their objections is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. They move from one argument to the next as soon as the previous one is discounted.
THE ISSUE: The Senate Education Committee on Monday removed student performance from teacher accountability measures.
Thanks to the University of Wyoming, the playbook is set. The governor has n with a minor tut tut n blessed it. Now governmental bodies throughout the state can begin hiring employees in secret.
Gov. Matt Mead and the State Board of Education need to get this right.
THE ISSUE: Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill has submitted a request for $6.3 million to fund her agency’s new assignments.
THE ISSUE: The University of Wyoming says releasing the names of the finalists in its search for a new president would violate a promise of privacy.
OK, we get it. Arts, music and vocational education teachers continue to feel disrespected by the Hathaway Scholarship program.
Only one person stands between the people of Wyoming and the runaway freight train that has become the Legislature.
A number of education reform bills have been unwisely killed so far in the current general session of the Legislature.
School choice advocates rallied at the Herschler Building on Tuesday, saying their facilities represent major opportunities for state residents.
THE ISSUE: The University of Wyoming’s Board of Trustees and the Legislature continue to push to make secret the hiring of a new president.
“It’s not our duty as a government to regulate every aspect of every individual’s lives.”
“People in an open society do not demand infallibility for their institutions, but it is difficult for them to accept what they are prohibited from observing.”
The question of whether the Legislature has the power to create an appointed director of education was settled in Wyoming 33 years ago.