By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, Wy – The state will be getting 45 million dollars to help prevent education budget cuts from occurring. The money is called "Federal Stabilization" funding and is to be used to continue education reforms and protect teacher jobs during the economic downturn. Mary Kay Hill from the Wyoming Department of Education says the state will need to document that teaching and learning is improving.
It had better make a significant difference; otherwise Wyoming will not be eligible to receive any more. So, right out of the gate we are expecting significant student gains and a commitment to the various reforms they are pushing in Washington.
Hill says the money is important, because state education funding is expected to take a nosedive next year. Wyoming is applying for an additional 22 million dollars in stabilization funding this fall.