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Wyoming prepares for upcoming school snack rules

CASPER, Wyo. — Students looking for cream-filled cookies, fruit-flavored candy and soft drinks aren't likely to find them in school vending machines and snack counters by this time next year.

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Despite year-ago accident, wagon returns to Casper parade

Despite year-ago accident, wagon returns to Casper parade

Morris Carter returned to this year’s Central Wyoming Fair Parade in Casper aboard the same covered wagon that was damaged in an accident he survived after last year’s parade.

July 09, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Wyoming delays request for No Child waiver

Wyoming is holding off a year in its request for a waiver that allows the state relief from the federal No Child Left Behind Act in exchange for state educational reform efforts, because the state isn’t ready to meet the waiver’s required timeline.

July 08, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
New superintendent seeks ideas for improving Natrona County School District

New superintendent seeks ideas for improving Natrona County School District

Steve Hopkins received a surprise request on Friday, his last work day before becoming superintendent of the Natrona County School District.

July 01, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Casper 'Go For It!' advocates learn from first-year struggles

Casper 'Go For It!' advocates learn from first-year struggles

Casper school officials and researchers believe a program that teaches families to teach their children how to succeed will benefit from first-year growing pains.

June 09, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Contractor notes problem in new Casper school

The contractor building the new Southridge Elementary School has informed the Natrona County School District board of trustees that the floor was built lower than planned and adjustments are necessary to ensure drainage won’t be a problem.

June 09, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Wyoming legislators seek to coordinate early childhood education

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators agreed Tuesday to consider new funding sources for early childhood education programs and to study how to improve their coordination across the state.

June 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming legislators consider tougher school bus safety penalties

CASPER, Wyo. — A Wind River Elementary School girl killed after exiting her school bus in December 2011 has inspired a push for tougher bus safety laws, which lawmakers initiated Monday.

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Wyoming educators offer tips to prevent summer learning loss

Wyoming educators offer tips to prevent summer learning loss

CASPER, Wyo. — Students tend to forget during the summer what they learned in school, but there are ways to help keep their skills sharp, educators say.

June 03, 2013 11:30 pmLoading…

Lawmakers consider suicide prevention training law for educators

CASPER, Wyo. — State lawmakers are considering mandatory suicide prevention training for educators.

June 03, 2013 11:31 pmLoading…
3 education director finalists recommended to governor

3 education director finalists recommended to governor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The three candidates Gov. Matt Mead will consider to head the Wyoming Department of Education were chosen by the State Board of Education Saturday.

June 02, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Six semifinalists chosen for Wyoming Department of Education director

CASPER, Wyo. — Six semifinal candidates for the position of Wyoming Department of Education director, including a former Natrona County School District superintendent, will meet with the State Board of Education and members of the public Friday and Saturday.

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CY Middle School student makes points about bullying with peers

CY Middle School student makes points about bullying with peers

CASPER, Wyo. — Eighth-grader Baylee O’Neal's presentation to sixth-graders May 17 was full of humor, but also drove home the consequences of bullying.

May 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Southridge Elementary construction delay surprises Natrona County school officials

Natrona County School District officials say they want to know why the new Southridge Elementary School in Casper won’t open in time for the start of the 2013-14 academic year.

May 17, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Midwest High School grad overcomes mid-year switch

Midwest High School grad overcomes mid-year switch

CASPER, Wyo. — Mercedes Proudfoot left a school and friends she loved in Utah halfway through her senior year, and started as the new kid at Midwest High School.

May 17, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Legislators happy with Wyoming Department of Education progress

CASPER, Wyo. — The interim director for the Wyoming Department of Education, Jim Rose, told state legislators Friday that there’s much to sort out since he became head of the department on Jan. 27, including data and personnel issues.

May 10, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…
University of Wyoming/Casper College Center couple has big plans following graduation

University of Wyoming/Casper College Center couple has big plans following graduation

CASPER, Wyo. — Whitney Hill and Wade Holmes look forward to exploring the world together after graduating in the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center class of 2013.

May 08, 2013 11:30 pmLoading…

Natrona County school board eyes bond issues for pools, other projects

CASPER, Wyo. -- School officials are considering asking Natrona County voters to approve a bond measure in May 2014 to fund local school construction projects.

April 29, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Art symposium inspires Wyoming high school students

Art symposium inspires Wyoming high school students

CASPER, Wyo. — The words “inspiration and imagination” are how Evanston High School sophomore Sydney Jordan summarized the annual showcase of more than 5,000 artworks from Wyoming high school students.

April 26, 2013 11:30 pm Related Loading…

Interviews set for Wyoming Department of Education director candidates

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming officials will soon interview candidates for a new director for the Wyoming Department of Education.

April 25, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…
Lego robotics team represents Wyoming in North America competition

Lego robotics team represents Wyoming in North America competition

CASPER, Wyo. — A team of Casper-area home-schooled students in grades four through nine are bound for the FIRST LEGO League North American Open Championship next month after winning the overall award at the state championship in December.

April 24, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…
Baggs student represents Wyoming at White House Science Fair

Baggs student represents Wyoming at White House Science Fair

CASPER, Wyo. — Michael Espy’s mother and his teacher hugged and almost cried watching him shake President Barack Obama’s hand at the third annual White House Science Fair on Monday in Washington, D.C.

April 23, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…

Wyoming school design and planning funds approved

The Wyoming School Facilities Commission approved funds for planning and design of 19 projects intended to aid school districts running out of classroom space.

April 20, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Wyoming educators work to get parents involved

Students who struggle most need their parents and teachers to work together, educators around the state say. But often those parents are the most difficult to get involved.

April 19, 2013 6:11 pmLoading…

Natrona County school board OKs dual-language immersion in one school

CASPER, Wyo. — Forty-four kindergartners will be able to spend half the day learning in Mandarin Chinese at Paradise Valley Elementary school beginning this fall — provided several conditions are met.

April 09, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…

National Education Association president speaks in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. — A narrative over the past 30 years about failing public school systems has devalued and diminished the role of educators, National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel told members of the Wyoming Education Association on Saturday.

April 06, 2013 8:00 pmLoading…
Wyoming schools chief Cindy Hill launches public schools study

Wyoming schools chief Cindy Hill launches public schools study

CASPER, Wyo. — Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill is creating a report on the state's public schools, which she and legislators say is intended to help guide education policy.

March 29, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…

Interest in dual-language classes grows

Advocates of allowing Natrona County School District students to learn in a foreign language for part of the day say they have found enough interested parents and educators to go ahead with the program.

March 17, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Wyoming officials look for ways to improve school safety

As some school districts decide how or if to fit school resource officers into their budgets, a legislative interim study and a task force this year are examining needs and funding for the officers and other ways to make schools safer.

March 17, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Iowa company will search for Wyoming education chief

CASPER, Wyo. — The State Board of Education on Tuesday chose a search firm eager to accomplish the same goal as the board: hire a permanent director for the Wyoming Department of Education well before a Dec. 1 deadline.

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Midwest folks miffed at pool neglect

Residents of tiny Midwest attended Monday night's Natrona County School District board meeting in Casper to remind trustees that they are part of the district and that they would like something done about the deterioration of the school's decades-old swimming pool.

March 12, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…

Some Wyoming students to test a test

Some Wyoming students will take an extra test this spring after they complete their required state assessments. However, the additional test won't determine if they've learned what they're supposed to; students will be testing the test.

March 09, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Sternberg and family excited for move to Wyoming

Sternberg and family excited for move to Wyoming

When one of his triplets started to cry during a grand opening celebration at Oklahoma State University, Robert Sternberg casually left the podium then returned with his baby.

March 08, 2013 11:30 pmLoading…

Dare to compare: Public can access grad rates for high schools nationwide

CASPER, Wyo. — For the first time, Wyoming schools will be able to compare their graduation rates with any other high school in the country.

March 06, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…

Report: Wyoming shows progress in Advanced Placement but still below national average

A recent report shows Wyoming below the national average in participation and test scores in the Advanced Placement program, even though the state has made gains in both areas.

March 05, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Competitive science: KWHS team advances to National Science Bowl

Competitive science: KWHS team advances to National Science Bowl

Anxiety? Sure. But Kelly Walsh High School team members say the pressure to succeed is ultimately what makes Science Bowl competitions fun.

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Wyoming to submit No Child Left Behind waiver request

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Education plans to file for a federal No Child Left Behind Act waiver Thursday in the hope of avoiding consequences in 2014 for failing to meet standards, Director Jim Rose said.

February 27, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…
Oklahoma St. provost selected new University of Wyoming president

Oklahoma St. provost selected new University of Wyoming president

CASPER, Wyo. — Oklahoma State University Provost Robert Sternberg will become the next president of the University of Wyoming.

February 26, 2013 4:41 pmLoading…

UW trustees interview president candidates

CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has yet to schedule a vote on the next university president after interviewing four finalists Sunday in Colorado.

February 25, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…
Mead launches inquiry into Education Department issues

Mead launches inquiry into Education Department issues

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Department of Education employees will have an opportunity to detail concerns about the department that they’ve expressed over the past several months to a team created by Gov. Matt Mead's office, the governor announced Tuesday.

February 19, 2013 3:31 pmLoading…
Thermopolis program gets students ready for kindergarten

Thermopolis program gets students ready for kindergarten

THERMOPOLIS, Wyo. -- The 3-year-olds didn’t know it, but they were studying handwriting when they built “Mat Man.” They thought they were just singing and playing a game as they placed long lines, short lines, little curves and big curves on the floor to form his ears, body and limbs at the …

February 16, 2013 11:45 pm Photos

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Wyoming Senate nixes school leasing bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Senate on Thursday killed a bill that would have allowed school districts to lease equipment or buildings that cost more than what the state will fund.

February 14, 2013 8:41 pmLoading…
Casper school fears end of Nordic skiing program

Casper school fears end of Nordic skiing program

CASPER — Christian Bjorklund's mother said middle school Nordic ski team transformed her son in a matter of months.

February 14, 2013 6:00 pmLoading…
Wyoming lawmakers say schools chief bill wasn't fast-tracked

Wyoming lawmakers say schools chief bill wasn't fast-tracked

CASPER, Wyo. — State lawmakers who supported legislation dramatically changing Wyoming’s public education leadership structure say the bill's swift passage was necessary in order to make decisions about other bills.

February 09, 2013 10:30 pm Related Loading…

Board decides on national search for director

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The State Board of Education has decided to conduct a national search for a permanent director to oversee the Wyoming Department of Education.

February 04, 2013 10:30 pm Related Loading…
Embattled Wyoming schools chief announces bid for governor

Embattled Wyoming schools chief announces bid for governor

CASPER, Wyo. — The primary election campaign for governor has begun.

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Report: Casper College's child care center has long-range economic impact

Casper College’s Early Childhood Learning Center is set to contribute 99 jobs and $9.1 million in transactions to the local economy, according to a recent economic impact report.

January 29, 2013 7:07 pmLoading…

Wyoming Legislature considers bills to change college preparation

Two bills before the Wyoming Legislature would mean lower college tuition costs for some students, but the benefit for one of those bills is offset by an added strain on colleges, opponents say.

January 26, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Report flunks Wyoming education policies; officials say it lacks context

CASPER, Wyo. — A national education reform group gave a failing grade to Wyoming's efforts to improve education in the state.

January 24, 2013 11:15 pmLoading…
Wyoming school appropriations bill also prevents lawsuits

Wyoming school appropriations bill also prevents lawsuits

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature is considering spending $170.6 million to build 12 new schools, plus an additional $35.9 million to purchase property, design, demolish and upgrade other schools and school district buildings.

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