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Wed October 13, 2010
Candidates for State Superintendent differ on Charter Schools
By Tristan Ahtone
Laramie, Wy – The Democratic candidate for State Superintendent says that charter schools in Wyoming should be approved and renewed by local school boards. During a debate in Laramie, State Senator Mike Massie says his views on governing charter schools are what make him different than his Republican opponent Cindy Hill.
"Cindy does believe in a statewide politically appointed board that would make those decisions and impose charter schools on our school districts."
Currently, charter schools in Wyoming are governed by a board of directors separate from the local school district they exist in. Hill expressed concern that Charter schools are underfunded. During the debate, Hill accused Massie of voting to kill a bill that would have provided equal funding for charter schools in the last legislative session. But a search of legislative records has failed to back that up.