Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives has started to discuss changes to the school funding model. The model is used to determine how much money an individual school district gets.
Several lawmakers spent the summer and fall looking at how education money is used in the state. House Education Chairman Matt Teeters says they found that Wyoming has been spending a great deal. "The consultants were able to identify that the state is spending 100-million dollars more than what the Constitutional cost basis is," he said.
CHEYENNE, wyo – The state Education Department says Wyoming fourth and eighth grade students scored above the national average in a science education test. The National Assessment of Educational Progress science assessment is administered every four years in most states. Eighty percent of Wyoming's fourth graders scored at or above the basic level in science, compared to 71 percent nationally.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would allow companies to use bugs or bacteria to convert coal into methane gas. The idea is being studied by the UW School of Energy Resources and is being used in other states.
Senator Kit Jennings says the practice could rejuvenate the coal-bed methane industry. "If we can't get these companies working," he said, "they are going to take their technologies and patents and go someplace they can."
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Teton County legislative delegation is pursuing a constitutional amendment that would allow the consolidation of city and county government. The Wyoming House of Representatives gave initial approval to the resolution, but it will have to be supported by voters across the state.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate is debating a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow marriage to exist only between a man and a woman. The Senate has amended the bill to keep civil unions out of the constitutional amendment.