Schools http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Wyoming House Debates Gun Bills http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-house-debates-gun-bills <p>The Wyoming House of Representatives failed to introduce a bill that would have lifted restrictions on carrying guns in school zones, while agreeing to introduce&nbsp;another bill that would leave it up to school districts to decide whether employees with a concealed carry permit can have guns in schools.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 01:10:12 +0000 Bob Beck 54011 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming House Debates Gun Bills Wyoming getting $1.1M from feds for worst schools http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-getting-11m-feds-worst-schools <p>Wyoming is getting more money from the federal government to improve its lowest-achieving schools.<br />&nbsp;<br />U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that Wyoming will get $1.1 million in 2013. It's the third year the state has gotten a grant from the department's School Improvement Grant Program.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:04:18 +0000 The Associated Press 38162 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming getting $1.1M from feds for worst schools Conference committee compromises on lottery bill http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/conference-committee-compromises-lottery-bill <p></p><p></p><p>After rejecting the Senate version of the bill that would allow Wyoming to join a multi-state lottery, a conference committee has reached a compromise that supporters hope will get the bill to the governor.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The House wants all revenue from the lottery to go to local government, but the Senate wants the money to go into a permanent account that’s used for schools.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The compromise says that 6-million dollars goes to local government, while any money above that amount would go into the schools account.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 01:32:19 +0000 Bob Beck 37183 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Conference committee compromises on lottery bill Senate Committee amends gun bills http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/senate-committee-amends-gun-bills <p></p><p></p><p>The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a pair of gun rights bills with some key changes.&nbsp;</p><p>The Committee reworked a bill that had been intended to threaten federal law enforcement officials with arrest if they tried to enforce federal gun bans in Wyoming.&nbsp; The committee amended the bill to say that federal officials could carry out their duties, but that local law enforcement could not assist.&nbsp; Still, the Wyoming Attorney General was given authority to protect citizen gun rights.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:27:34 +0000 Bob Beck 36953 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Senate Committee amends gun bills Senate Committee defeats guns in schools bill http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/senate-committee-defeats-guns-schools-bill <p>The Senate Education committee killed a bill that would have allowed those with concealed weapons permits to carry guns in schools and on Wyoming College campuses.&nbsp; The bill died after nobody made a motion to consider it.&nbsp; A number of educators at all levels testified that the legislation was a bad idea and that such ideas should be left to local school districts to consider.&nbsp; University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan testified that the allowing guns on campus could lead to problems.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 19:12:04 +0000 Bob Beck 36422 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Senate Committee defeats guns in schools bill Governor Mead expresses concerns about gun bills http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/governor-mead-expresses-concerns-about-gun-bills <p>While Wyoming Governor Matt Mead favors gun rights, he said that he is very concerned about a couple of gun rights bills making their way through the legislature.&nbsp;</p><p>One bill would allow school employees, parents of a student or their guardian, who hold a concealed weapon permit, to have guns in schools.&nbsp; Mead said that there are better ways to ensure school safety and he wants the state to look closer at those solutions.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:59:24 +0000 Bob Beck 36254 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Governor Mead expresses concerns about gun bills Lawmakers seek to strip power from schools superintendent http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/lawmakers-seek-strip-power-schools-superintendent <p>The Wyoming legislature wraps up its second week today.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck is covering the session and joins us now to talk about lawmakers' attempts to restructure how the state's schools are governed.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:28:30 +0000 Bob Beck & Willow Belden 35433 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Lawmakers seek to strip power from schools superintendent Legislature Approves Hedonic Model http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/legislature-approves-hedonic-model <p>A new Wyoming School Finance bill has been approved by the Legislature&#39;s Joint Education Committee, but it has its critics.&nbsp;</p><p>The biggest concern is over a portion of the bill that is called the regional cost adjustment,&nbsp;which applies to salaries districts get and takes into consideration where a district is located.&nbsp;</p><p>The committee has decided to shift to a new funding mechanism called the hedonic wage index, that will reduce what the state pays for salaries by about seven million dollars.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:23:37 +0000 Bob Beck 18305 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Legislature Approves Hedonic Model