Education http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Superintendent Candidate Favors Local Standards And Accountability http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/superintendent-candidate-favors-local-standards-and-accountability <p>A member of State Superintendent Cindy Hill’s staff is hoping to replace her.&nbsp; Sheryl Lane is one of three Republican’s running for the right to face Democrat Mike Ceballos in the November general election.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Lane is a former classroom teacher and while she likes the fact that legislators are looking at improving school and teacher accountability, she does not like the way they are going about it.&nbsp; She says they have developed state accountability measures, something she opposes.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:07:37 +0000 Bob Beck 61023 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Superintendent Candidate Favors Local Standards And Accountability Teton County To Build Affordable Housing For Teachers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/teton-county-build-affordable-housing-teachers <p>Teton County is planning to build affordable housing for local teachers.</p><p>The development in Wilson will include 11 homes. Each will have 3 bedrooms and cost no more than $422,500. The median sales price for residential properties in Jackson Hole last year was more than $550,000.</p><p>Commissioner&nbsp;Ben Ellis says he hopes the development will keep top teaching talent in Teton County.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:39:22 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60819 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Teton County To Build Affordable Housing For Teachers Wyoming Among Best States For Job-Seeking Grads http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-among-best-states-job-seeking-grads <p>Wyoming ranks among the best states for recent college graduates to live and work. That’s according to a <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/bentaylor/2014/07/01/the-best-and-worst-states-for-recent-grads-since-the-recession/">recent analysis </a>of changes in four-year college tuition rates, median household income and unemployment rates since the start of the financial crisis.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:23:49 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60818 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Among Best States For Job-Seeking Grads Superintendent Hill Fires Back At Critical Report http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/superintendent-hill-fires-back-critical-report <p>State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill is firing back at a legislative report released yesterday alleging she misused public funds and established a culture of fear and intimidation at Wyoming Department of Education.</p><p>Hill says the allegations in the report are untrue—and describes the report as a political attack.</p><p>"There’s no foundation," said Hill. "There are no facts. This is all hearsay—rewound, republished—for political end. The Governor is hoping to win an election. He’s desperate. And I just smile and say, ‘Really?’"</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:37:29 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60756 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Superintendent Hill Fires Back At Critical Report Hill Report Could Be Fodder For Impeachment http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hill-report-could-be-fodder-impeachment <p>A special legislative committee investigating Wyoming schools Superintendent Cindy Hill released a scathing report Tuesday concluding she failed to follow legislative funding directives and demanded rank-and-file education department staff to demonstrate personal loyalty to her.</p><p>Hill has 15 days to respond before the committee will issue its final report, probably before the end of the month.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:02:54 +0000 Associated Press 60707 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hill Report Could Be Fodder For Impeachment Board Of Education Votes To Suspend Science Standards Review http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/board-education-votes-suspend-science-standards-review <p>The State Board of Education is asking the Wyoming Department of Education to stop work on development of a new set of science standards.</p><p>The Department recently formed a&nbsp;science standards review committee of about 50 teachers, administrators, higher education representatives and businesspeople to&nbsp;develop new science standards. That group was supposed to meet several times this summer before presenting suggestions to the Board and public in the fall.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:10:20 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60691 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Board Of Education Votes To Suspend Science Standards Review What do you want from the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-do-you-want-next-state-superintendent-public-instruction <p>What do you want from the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction?</p><p></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p><p>By contributing your comment, you consent to the possibility of having it read on the air.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:49:56 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 60601 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What do you want from the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction? Lawmakers Latest Effort To Change Ed Management Will Go Slowly http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lawmakers-latest-effort-change-ed-management-will-go-slowly <p>The Legislature's Joint Education Committee is moving forward with an effort to study alternative ways to manage the Wyoming Department of Education and will seek input from education stakeholders and the public in that process.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:06:28 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60490 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lawmakers Latest Effort To Change Ed Management Will Go Slowly Wheatland Tornado Shelter Project Wins National Prize http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wheatland-tornado-shelter-project-wins-national-prize <p>A group of 8<sup>th</sup> graders from Wheatland Middle School who built a tornado shelter for a school competition won the top national prize for their efforts last week.</p><p>Haiden Moody, Christian Moody, Joey Madsen and Jacob Stafford spent the past few months engineering a tornado safety shelter converted from an old set of school lockers. It was part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math competition put on by the U.S. Army called eCYBERMISSION.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:32:05 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60408 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wheatland Tornado Shelter Project Wins National Prize Laramie's WyoTech Faces Uncertain Future http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramies-wyotech-faces-uncertain-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Laramie’s </span>WyoTech<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> automotive trade school will remain operational, but faces an uncertain future.</span></p><p>WyoTech’s parent company—Corinthian Colleges—is clashing with regulators, who accuse the for-profit company of falsifying job placement rates and misleading students about financial aid.</p><p>Monday, Corinthian reached an agreement with the Department of Education which will keep federal aid flowing—and the doors on its 90 campuses nationwide open—while a long-term operational plan is developed.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:20:55 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60344 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie's WyoTech Faces Uncertain Future Sheridan College Gets Donation For New Ag Center http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sheridan-college-gets-donation-new-ag-center <p>Sheridan College has received a $4 million dollar donation to help build a new agriculture center on campus.</p><p>The donation, announced Friday, is from longtime benefactor Forrest Mars, Jr. of Big Horn. The new center will cost $8 million, and $2.7 million has already been allocated by the state.</p><p>College President Paul Young says the 15,000-sqaure foot building will bring a much-needed impact to the school’s agriculture programs.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:04:14 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60279 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sheridan College Gets Donation For New Ag Center Study Gives UW And Most Teaching Colleges Bad Marks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-gives-uw-and-most-teaching-colleges-bad-marks <p>The University of Wyoming’s undergraduate elementary education program has work to do to meet standards for effective teacher training.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s according to a </span><a href="http://www.nctq.org/dmsStage/Teacher_Prep_Review_2014_Report" style="line-height: 1.5;">report </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">released Tuesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality—a think tank that pushes for tougher evaluations of classroom teachers.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:00:16 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59991 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study Gives UW And Most Teaching Colleges Bad Marks Wyoming Students Are Smoking Less, Texting While Driving More http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-students-are-smoking-less-texting-while-driving-more <p>Cigarette smoking rates among high school students have dropped significantly in recent decades—in Wyoming and the rest of the country. That’s according to the results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm?s_cid=tw_cdc16">Youth Risk Behavior Survey</a> released last week.&nbsp;</p><p>Last year, 17 percent of Wyoming high-schoolers reported regularly smoking cigarettes. That’s slightly above the national average, but down from 40 percent in 1991, when the survey began.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:28:55 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59934 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Students Are Smoking Less, Texting While Driving More Wyoming Educators To Push Reforms At NEA Meeting http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-educators-push-reforms-nea-meeting <p>This month, thousands of educators from around the country will gather in Denver to discuss public education issues and set policies for the coming year at the National Education Association’s annual meeting.&nbsp;</p><p>Wyoming Education Association President Kathy Vetter says one the biggest problems in the state is that teachers' perspectives are often absent from policy initiatives in public education.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:03:11 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59709 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Educators To Push Reforms At NEA Meeting UW Gets A Big Gift From Hess Corporation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-gets-big-gift-hess-corporation <p>Hess Corporation President Greg Hill joined Gov. Matt Mead at The University of Wyoming Thursday to announce the company’s plan to donate $4.3 million more to help build UW’s new energy and engineering research complex.</p><p>Hess has now committed a total of $10 million to the university, $8.7 million of which will be matched by state funds.</p><p>The gifts support the High Bay Research Facility, which will be used for large-scale experiments and research aimed at tapping ‘unconventional reservoirs.’</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 01:17:04 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59419 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Gets A Big Gift From Hess Corporation Hill Officially Runs For Governor http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hill-officially-runs-governor <p>State Superintendent Cindy Hill says if she is elected governor she will push good government measures to make it easier for the public to get documents, she also plans to address conflicts of interest that she sees in government. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Hill will run as a Republican.&nbsp; She said that she got into the race because she said Governor Matt Mead exceeded his authority of governor when he signed the law that removed her as the head of the Department of Education.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:17:45 +0000 Bob Beck 59242 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hill Officially Runs For Governor Superintendent Hill On Distance Learning And Graduation Rates http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/superintendent-hill-distance-learning-and-graduation-rates <p>After some legal wrangling, State Superintendent Cindy Hill is back in charge of Wyoming Education.&nbsp; As the school year wraps up, Superintendent Hill joins us to discuss a number of topics.&nbsp; The first deals with distance…or online education.&nbsp; She recently attended a graduation of students who graduated from a virtual school. Hill embraces various uses of technology in the classroom.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:35:47 +0000 Bob Beck 59128 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Superintendent Hill On Distance Learning And Graduation Rates Wyoming Requests Waiver From No Child Left Behind Tutoring Provision http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-requests-waiver-no-child-left-behind-tutoring-provision <p>The Wyoming Department of Education wants federal officials to allow schools labeled as "needing improvement" to provide tutoring and remedial help to students.</p><p>Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools that need improvement—based on state assessments—are not allowed to provide tutoring, forcing students to turn to outside providers.</p><p>Brent Young is Assistant Director of Instruction at Laramie County School District 1. He says allowing struggling schools to provide these services is positive.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 01:02:54 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59069 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Requests Waiver From No Child Left Behind Tutoring Provision Dept. Of Ed Wants Citizens To Help With Science Standards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dept-ed-wants-citizens-help-science-standards <p></p><p>The Wyoming Department of Education is urging citizens to serve on a science standards review committee. &nbsp;</p><p>Previous science standards generated controversy because they addressed subjects like climate change and evolution. The Department is attempting to get more public involvement in developing a new set of standards.&nbsp; State Superintendent Cindy Hill says that too few citizens were invited to participate last time.<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:59:56 +0000 Bob Beck 59066 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dept. Of Ed Wants Citizens To Help With Science Standards U-W President Makes Changes At The Top http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/u-w-president-makes-changes-top <p>University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity says he will soon be looking to find permanent replacements for a number of interim administrators at U-W.&nbsp;</p><p>McGinity says he is currently searching for a new Dean of Engineering and will soon try and fill the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs.&nbsp; He says the Interim Vice President Maggi Murdock has decided to resign and return to her faculty post after the two had differences on some issues. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 14:03:12 +0000 Bob Beck 58202 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org U-W President Makes Changes At The Top UW Overhauls General Studies Program http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-overhauls-general-studies-program <p>For the first time in many years the University of Wyoming is changing its general studies program, the coursework required for all students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at UW.&nbsp; Faculty Senate Chair Ed Janak says it should simplify the course selection process for everyone and simply transfers to the university.&nbsp;<br /><br />“There’s no longer this giant alphabet soup, this is going to be really straightforward, it’s this and this and this and we are really happy about that,” Janak says.<br /> Wed, 07 May 2014 00:32:18 +0000 Bob Beck 57922 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Overhauls General Studies Program Is Common Core good for Wyoming Education? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/common-core-good-wyoming-education <p></p><p>Is Common Core good for Wyoming Education?</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p><p>(View the <a href="http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/">Common Core Standards by clicking here</a>.)</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:26:57 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 57489 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Is Common Core good for Wyoming Education? Education Standards Are Facing Opposition In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/education-standards-are-facing-opposition-wyoming <p>For years parents and educators have been looking at ways to improve elementary education. Recently many states, including Wyoming, adopted common core standards that supporters believe will give students and schools goals to shoot for in Math and Language Arts.&nbsp;</p><p>The state is also in the process of adopting other state standards, including a set of controversial science standards.&nbsp; But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports there is a growing movement against any standards that are not developed by local school boards.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:49:51 +0000 Bob Beck 57406 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Education Standards Are Facing Opposition In Wyoming Governor Mead Discusses Wind River Reservation Boundary Dispute And Education http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-discusses-wind-river-reservation-boundary-dispute-and-education <p>It’s been a few months since we’ve had Governor Matt Mead on the program.&nbsp; He joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck to discuss a dispute over boundaries in Riverton and Education.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:44:49 +0000 Bob Beck 57405 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead Discusses Wind River Reservation Boundary Dispute And Education Mead Says Legislative Committee Should Focus On Education http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-says-legislative-committee-should-focus-education <p></p><p>A Wyoming legislative committee will decide if it wants to reconsider the powers and duties of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction this Friday.&nbsp;</p><p>State Superintendent Cindy Hill returned to lead the Department of Education this week, after the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that a law stripping her ability to oversee the department was unconstitutional.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Matt Mead says he doesn’t know what the legislative committee will try to do.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:20:19 +0000 Bob Beck 57227 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Says Legislative Committee Should Focus On Education Board Of Education Takes No Action On Science Standards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/board-education-takes-no-action-science-standards-0 <p>The state Board of Education met in Casper today to adopt some state standards, including a controversial set of national Next Generation Science Standards. The legislature prohibited the Board from adopting those standards. Bob Beck joins us to talk about what happened at the meeting.</p><p></p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:47:47 +0000 Bob Beck 56723 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Board Of Education Takes No Action On Science Standards Cindy Hill Discusses Return To Office, Standards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cindy-hill-discusses-return-office-standards <p>State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill will soon be returning to lead the Wyoming Department of Education.&nbsp; Unless you’ve been under rock, you know that the Superintendent had her ability to oversee the department removed by the legislature and the governor last year.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:48:49 +0000 Bob Beck 56711 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cindy Hill Discusses Return To Office, Standards UW Center Seeks To Improve Literacy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-center-seeks-improve-literacy <p>Last month the University of Wyoming opened a Literacy Research Center and clinic that should enhance literacy at all levels across the state.&nbsp; It will allow face to face tutoring, train tutors and teachers, and use technology in interesting new ways.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>VICKI GILLIS:&nbsp; “I see this as being on the cutting edge of work in literacy, K-12, and beyond.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:31:18 +0000 Bob Beck 56705 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Center Seeks To Improve Literacy Governor Mead Does Not Want Canned Science Standards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-does-not-want-canned-science-standards <p> Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says that he wants the State Board of Education to adopt rigorous science standards.</p><p>He recently signed into law a budget footnote that prevents the State Board of Education from adopting a set of national standards called Next Generation Science Standards. The governor says his only objective in doing that was to get the board to consider a variety of options as it develops Wyoming education standards.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:01:28 +0000 Bob Beck 56609 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead Does Not Want Canned Science Standards Hill Rejects Proposal To Return To The Department Of Ed http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hill-rejects-proposal-return-department-ed <p>Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill is rejecting an offer from the state attorney general to narrow the scope of a court case that has to be resolved before she can return to running the state education department.<br />&nbsp;<br />Hill said Tuesday the state constitution is not negotiable.<br />&nbsp;<br />Hill filed suit challenging a state law enacted last year that removed her as head of the state education department. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled in January the law is unconstitutional.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:04:15 +0000 Associated Press 56530 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hill Rejects Proposal To Return To The Department Of Ed