Wyoming – There is a new person in charge of education in Wyoming. Jim McBride is the new State Superintendent of Public Instruction. This comes 18 days after Trent Blankenship resigned from the elected position to spend more time with his family and take a job in northern Alaska.
Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports on who Jim McBride is and what his plans are for the Department of Education
Laramie, Wy – Some state lawmakers say a proposal that would require private post-secondary schools to become accredited stands a good chance of passing the Legislature next year. But the chancellor of Preston University in Cheyenne contends a mandatory accreditation law isn't needed and will damage the alternate post-secondary education industry in Wyoming. Of the dozen licensed private degree-granting institutions listed on the Wyoming Department of Education's Web site, only the Wyoming Technical Institute of Laramie is accredited.
Laramie, Wy – The drought in the Northern Rockies isn't going away. A new report by the Climate Prediction Center says precipitation is expected to be below normal from September through November in Montana, Idaho and western Wyoming. Forecasters are calling for some drought relief in eastern Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – Less than 20 days after Trent Blankenship stepped down as the state's top educator, Wyoming has a new Superintendent of Public Instruction. Jim McBride takes over the position after the Republican Party selected him as one of three finalists for the position.
Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal was interviewing candidates to fill the vacant State Superintendent of Public Instruction's position Wednesday. The Republican State Central Committee sent the governor three names to choose from and he could have a decision as early as this weekend. The chair of the Republican Party, Drake Hill, is disappointed that the governor did not allow reporters to cover the interviews with the candidates. He is concerned that the public won't know the criteria and process the governor is using to make such an important decision.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming chapter of the Red Cross has received enough money to pay for its disaster relief efforts in Wright. The Red Cross is in Campbell County helping residents deal with the aftermath of the tornado that hit last Friday.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's budget surplus is growing - and so is the spending of lobbyists. A new report from the Center for Public Integrity found that special interests spent more than three times as much money on lobbying in 2004 as they did in 2000, when the state still faced budget constraints. Lobbyists reported spending 409-thousand for the budget session in 2004. Leah Rush is director of state projects for the center. She says even those numbers don't tell the whole picture because they don't include salaries and expenses.