WPR News
8:27 am
Mon May 19, 2008

School Teachers Moving to Wyoming

Laramie, WY – School teachers from neighboring states are moving to Wyoming to take advantage of higher salaries. Last year, the average Wyoming teacher's salary jumped from about $40,000 to about $53,000.

Wyoming Education Association President Kathryn Valido says that's drawn many teachers here from Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Idaho, and as far away as California. Valido says this larger applicant pool has affected the quality of teaching.

"The experience level and the education level has definitely changed," she said.

However, Valido says it's too early to tell whether this will have an effect on students' performance.