Three Republicans are seeking the nomination for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. One of them is Bill Winney. He is a retired Naval Officer who wants to bring that leadership experience to help run the state department of education. In the Navy he trained a number of people and says training and education were a key part of his career.
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.
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.
A former US Navy Submarine commander is running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republican Bill Winney says training and education were big parts of his job in the Navy, and that the Wyoming Department of Education is in need of the type of leadership he would bring to the job.
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.
The state is also in the process of adopting other state standards, including a set of controversial science standards. 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.
The Wyoming House will consider a bill that would create a committee of educators and parents to determine if the state should continue to use Common Core State standards in K-12 education. The bill would also develop new student assessment options. Several teachers, the school board members, and a business leader spoke on behalf of the common core. Bill Shilling of the Wyoming Business Alliance says that the bill doesn’t help.
“I don’t see in this legislation any advancement in the end product for our students,” says Shilling.