Chris Rothfuss http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Privacy Concerns Swirl Around Statewide Student Database http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/privacy-concerns-swirl-around-statewide-student-database <p></p><p>Nationwide, including Wyoming, states are working to build huge databases that can track students from preschool all the way into the workforce. In the brave new world of big data, the thought is—more information means smarter education policy decisions and improved learning. But some parents worry that these systems will go too far.</p><p>At Laramie County Community College, a classroom full of people is talking about control groups and independent variables. It’s not as exciting as it sounds, but it is important.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:16:19 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60526 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Privacy Concerns Swirl Around Statewide Student Database Legislative Session Wraps Up http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislative-session-wraps <p></p><p>Members of Wyoming's Republican leadership raved about&nbsp;the legislative session that wrapped up Thursday, praising&nbsp;the state budget and lawmakers' support of business.&nbsp; The GOP leaders said the budget will do a lot for the state, but they noted that they were also able to put a lot into savings.&nbsp; Although the Senate Appropriations Committee was criticized for focusing too much on saving, Chairman Eli Bebout says in fact they probably spent too much. He says the energy industry could face tough times in Wyoming and it's important to be prepared.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:25:03 +0000 Bob Beck 54965 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislative Session Wraps Up Committee Votes To Let Lawmakers Work On Hill Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/committee-votes-let-lawmakers-work-hill-bill <p>The Wyoming Senate Rules Committee has passed a bill that would let a group of legislators work on amending the bill that took away the bulk of powers from the Superintendent of Public Instruction.</p><p></p><p>The Supreme Court declared the so-called Hill bill unconstitutional, and now the legislature must fix it.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:28:58 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54218 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Committee Votes To Let Lawmakers Work On Hill Bill Senate Agrees To Debate Medicaid Expansion Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-agrees-debate-medicaid-expansion-bill <p>After defeating a series of Medicaid expansion bills earlier this week, the Wyoming Senate voted to introduce a compromise measure.</p><p></p><p>Laramie Democrat Chris Rothfuss is the sponsor.&nbsp; The bill would enable the state to expand Medicaid for one year, during which time it could ask the federal government for the ability to devise its own expansion plan for the next three years.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:23:39 +0000 Bob Beck 54055 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate Agrees To Debate Medicaid Expansion Bill Medicaid Expansion Faces Challenges In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medicaid-expansion-faces-challenges-wyoming <p>For over a decade the state has struggled with making sure all citizens had access to health care. &nbsp;Much of this had to do with the fact that many Wyoming citizens can’t afford health insurance.&nbsp; The federal affordable care act was supposed to help.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:16:26 +0000 Bob Beck 54053 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medicaid Expansion Faces Challenges In Wyoming Mead Calls State Strong, Pushes Water Policy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-calls-state-strong-pushes-water-policy <p>Governor Matt Mead said that Wyoming is strong and getting stronger.&nbsp; During his annual State of the State address before the legislature, Mead urged lawmakers to invest in Wyoming.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:56:12 +0000 Bob Beck 53844 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Calls State Strong, Pushes Water Policy Senate continues to debate overhauling the State Superintendent's office http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-continues-debate-overhauling-state-superintendents-office <p>The State Senate continues working on a bill that would change the way education is governed in Wyoming.&nbsp;<br /><br />The bill would lead to the appointment of a State Education Director, who would oversee such things as education accountability and school funding.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 19:32:29 +0000 Bob Beck 35287 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate continues to debate overhauling the State Superintendent's office Senate approves education accountability measure http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-approves-education-accountability-measure <div style="margin:0;"><span lang="en-US"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="2"><span style="font-size:16px;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">The State Senate gave final approval to a major Education Accountability measure.&nbsp; It provides testing and other procedures to keep students, teachers</span></font><font color="#1F497D" size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">,</span></font><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt; Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:04:48 +0000 Bob Beck 20246 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate approves education accountability measure Nicholas Backs Off Of Aquifer Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/nicholas-backs-aquifer-bill <p>Senator Phil Nicholas has decided to remove himself from sponsoring a funding request for the Laramie Aquifer leaving Laramie Democrat Chris Rothfuss to oversee that effort.&nbsp; Nicholas was accused of having a conflict of interest in brokering a land deal for his client, former legislator Doug Samuelson.&nbsp; The proposal was to have the state buy Samuelson&rsquo;s land and turn it into a state park.&nbsp; Laramie citizens then could have access to the property and it would prevent development from occurring above the Laramie aquifer.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:37:13 +0000 Bob Beck 19580 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Nicholas Backs Off Of Aquifer Bill