By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, Wyo. – After adding an amendment to a revised Hathaway Success Curriculum bill on Monday, the Wyoming House of Representatives removed it on Tuesday and passed the bill.
The measure changes a requirement that students must have two years of a foreign language. It allows students to opt for two years of vocational education or two years of fine or performing arts study instead.
House members had added a number of other possible subjects including humanities, health and safety, applied technology OR physical education as alternatives to foreign language. But during final debate, Lander Representative Del McComie said that went too far. Saratoga Representative Jeb Steward added that he has not heard anyone ask for these changes. "I'm happy to just sit and wait to see anything rising to include this in the curriculum," he said. "I can assure you I have had zero comments from anywhere that this would rise to the level of significance at this point."
But Casper Representative Steve Harshman said more choice was a positive step. The bill now goes to the State Senate for further debate.