Laramie, WY – Presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo of Colorado has dropped out of the Wyoming Republican Party's presidential forum this Saturday, bringing the number of participants to three. The forum in Casper will include former Senator Fred Thompson, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback and California Congressman Duncan Hunter. Thompson will be unable to attend the second forum in Riverton later in the day. Wyoming G-O-P coordinator Tom Sansonetti says getting any candidates to come to Wyoming is better than previous years.
Washington D-C – Senator John Barrasso disagrees with those who want to expand a children's health care program called S-chip. He says that people in Wyoming favor the state version of the program called kid care and he says it has done the job. But during a Republican press conference, Barrasso explained that he opposes the bill being offered by Democrats. He says it is because the bill would expand the current program and make it too costly. Barrasso says that he is worried that politics will hurt a very good children's health care program.
Laramie, WY – State Superintendent of Education Jim McBride says 82 percent of Wyoming high school students graduate on time. He disputes a statewide rate of 76 percent cited by the national group Alliance for Excellent Education, which recently published a report. McBride says either percentage is too low. Graduation rates vary in the state from 100 percent to 44 percent, and McBride says the districts that do best have solid leadership.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's high school graduation rate is better than the nationwide average, but still 1 in 4 Wyoming ninth-graders fail to graduate on time, a national group says. The Alliance for Excellent Education says the nationwide graduation rate is 70 percent, while Wyoming's graduation rate is 76 percent. The group says dropouts earn less and as a result are likelier to use up more tax money through social services than they pay in taxes. The Wyoming Department of Education takes issue with the