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Wyoming lawmakers say consultants are key in education funding

CASPER, Wyo. -- Nearly $1.7 million has been spent on education consultants to the Legislature in the past three years, but lawmakers serving on education committees say the cost is essential to the state's investment in education.

February 16, 2012 11:55 pmLoading…

Natrona County school board considers retirement policy

CASPER, Wyo. — Half the Natrona County School District employees who retired in 2010-11 rejoined the district payroll for the 2011-12 school year, according to district records.

February 09, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Students learn sign language, deaf culture

Students learn sign language, deaf culture

CASPER, Wyo. — "Can I go to the bathroom?"

February 09, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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State agencies investigate claims made against Wyoming Department of Education

CASPER, Wyo. — The Department of Administration and Information and Attorney General’s office are looking into claims made earlier this week against the Wyoming Department of Education by a former department division director.

February 03, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Report: Child well-being worsens in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Conditions for raising healthy Wyoming children have worsened in the past decade, according to a report released today.

February 03, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Library releases Natrona County history book for students

Library releases Natrona County history book for students

CASPER, Wyo. — Phillip Maes took his turn in the hot seat, being grilled in front of a room full of third-graders in the basement of the Natrona County Public Library.

February 02, 2012 11:45 pm Photos

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Wyoming teachers receive hands-on digital learning training

Liz Simpson of the Wyoming Distance Learning Center opened her PowerPoint presentation and began walking teachers through the process and benefits of creating videos for their students.

February 01, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Natrona County High School freshman program grows, shows results

Natrona County High School freshman program grows, shows results

The bell rang at 8:25, but minutes later, students were still waiting outside Tom Grogan’s classroom.

January 28, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Natrona County parent group seeks new members

The Natrona County School District parents organization hopes to boost its attendance and presence in the district with a new name.

January 28, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Natrona County School District places bet on land purchase

CASPER, Wyo. — While Natrona County’s high school construction projects sit in limbo at the state level, school district officials decided to start buying residential property in anticipation of construction.

January 24, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Group selects Casper principal for national honor

CASPER, Wyo. — Rick Skatula, principal of Southridge Elementary School, was selected as Wyoming’s 2012 National Distinguished Principal.

January 23, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

Legislators have more questions about 'Teacher 2 Teacher' program

CASPER, Wyo. — Without approval from the Legislature, Wyoming Department of Education officials have diverted funds intended for specific groups of students and programs toward a new teacher professional development program.

January 21, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Implementing national sex ed guidelines would require Wyoming ed changes

CASPER, Wyo. — Health education would have to change in Wyoming before national sexual education guidelines could be applied, according to Natrona County health educators.

January 14, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Students hire 1st-grade assistants

Students hire 1st-grade assistants

CASPER, Wyo. -- Before students in the advanced foods class at Kelly Walsh High School can begin cooking competitions, they must first learn how to give directions to assistants.

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Report: Wyoming schools improve but hold spot in U.S.

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s public schools system has shown improvement but still lags behind half the U.S., according to a national report released Thursday.

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Natrona County school board reviews diversity policy

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County school board plans to vote on a new district diversity policy during its regular meeting on Monday.

January 08, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

School superintendents fight 'top-heavy' label

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming school districts reversed “top-heavy” staffing in their central offices in 2010-11, according to a report released earlier this month by the Wyoming Department of Education.

January 08, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
NCSD moves ahead in school construction fight

NCSD moves ahead in school construction fight

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County’s ambitious high school construction plan is in the hands of lawyers.

January 07, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Data will be key for Wyoming accountability system

CASPER, Wyo. — Walk into any Wyoming elementary school and odds are student achievement data will be displayed on classroom walls.

January 06, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Wyoming schools chief stands by 2011 decisions

Soon after State Superintendent Cindy Hill took office in January, she vowed to make the Wyoming Department of Education less about compliance and more about instruction.

January 01, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Wyoming lawmakers on education panel support common core standard

CASPER. Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers have thrown their support behind proposed state standards based on national standards adopted by 45 other states and the District of Columbia.

December 20, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Wyoming educators: More to solution than just accountability

CASPER, Wyo. — Accountability alone won't get lawmakers the results they want from the state's well-funded public school system, educators said Monday before a select committee given the task of creating a state school accountability system.

December 19, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Wyoming schools receive federal boost

CASPER, Wyo. — Five Wyoming school districts will receive federal money to improve school performance during the 2011-12 school year, the Wyoming Department of Education announced Friday.

December 16, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Concerns about high school project premature, state officials say

CASPER, Wyo. -- Complaints about the state-approved construction plans for Natrona County's high schools are premature, according to state School Facilities Department officials.

December 15, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Survey: Bullying on the rise

CASPER, Wyo. — More than half of Wyoming middle school students have been bullied on school grounds and more than one-fourth said they’ve been the bully, according to results of a statewide survey released Wednesday.

December 14, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

City of Casper leaders question state school construction plan

CASPER, Wyo. — The state’s construction plan for Natrona County high school projects doesn’t make sense to several Casper officials.

December 14, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

District plans to pay for high school design

CASPER, Wyo. -- Nearly one month after receiving state approval, Natrona County's high school construction projects are still on hold due to differing opinions about how many students to build for and when to start each project.

December 13, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…
Casper man: Wyoming education officials violated trademark law

Casper man: Wyoming education officials violated trademark law

CASPER, Wyo. -- A Casper philanthropist has requested that the Wyoming Department of Education stop using the name of a department-sponsored reading program because of a trademark violation.

December 10, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

State education officials choose new PAWS vendor

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming education officials have chosen a new vendor to administer state tests.

December 08, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…
Elementary school program brings dads into schools

Elementary school program brings dads into schools

CASPER, Wyo. — The kindergartners swarmed the bin at the edge of the Summit Elementary gym.

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Wyoming education officials want to expand Internet network

Wyoming education officials want to expand Internet network

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District and others have purchased bandwidth beyond what’s provided by the state Internet service contract, but education officials say all districts could use more.

December 06, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Community College Commission approves tuition increase

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Community College Commission unanimously approved a $4-per-credit-hour increase for all students next year during a meeting Tuesday in Cheyenne.

December 06, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Natrona County buses get radio upgrade

CASPER, Wyo. — Less than 100 miles from Casper, the radio signal between Natrona County school buses and the district bus center starts to weaken.

December 03, 2011 11:30 pmLoading…

Budget proposal funds tenuous Natrona school projects, UW salaries

CASPER, Wyo. -- The Natrona County high school projects received the endorsement of Gov. Matt Mead in his proposed biennium budget unveiled Thursday.

December 01, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Casper's University Park celebrates 50th anniversary, national award

CASPER, Wyo. — Garijo Brierley had no problem choosing an elementary school for her son.

November 30, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Natrona County prepares for battle with state over school funding

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County School District trustees prepared themselves for a battle Tuesday after deciding the day before to continue arguing that the state should pay for repairs to facilities such as swimming pools.

November 29, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

School facilities panel sides with department decision

CASPER, Wyo. — The state School Facilities Commission rejected a request to use state-provided major maintenance funds for enhancement projects in Natrona County.

November 28, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Wyoming Education Department runs risk of violating law with Arapahoe reading program

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Education possibly violated federal and state law by prohibiting a school district on the Wind River Indian Reservation from using any reading program other than one developed by a department employee.

November 25, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…
Couple plans anniversary around annual Thanksgiving volunteer effort

Couple plans anniversary around annual Thanksgiving volunteer effort

CASPER, Wyo. -- Five minutes before the doors open, Joan Norman, 74, reminds her husband Jim, 80, how to work the can of whipped cream.

November 24, 2011 8:00 pmLoading…
Paying for pageturners: Reading pays for University Park students

Paying for pageturners: Reading pays for University Park students

CASPER, Wyo. — Three lines were filled out on the sheet after Monday, each representing a book read by second-grader Ever Gutierrez.

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Panel rejects Natrona County schools proposal

CASPER, Wyo. -- A proposal to build Natrona County high schools larger than planned and start all projects at the same time was rejected Thursday by the state School Facilities Commission.

November 18, 2011 8:15 pmLoading…
Casper elementary school dedicates wind turbine, awaits teaching tool

Casper elementary school dedicates wind turbine, awaits teaching tool

CASPER, Wyo. — The wind has blown for Summit Elementary since ground was broken two years ago.

November 16, 2011 11:30 pmLoading…

3 vendors vie for state testing contract

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Eight companies submitted proposals to administer the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS, according to state Department of Education officials.

November 15, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…
Hands-on science project pairs high school, elementary students

Hands-on science project pairs high school, elementary students

CASPER, Wyo. — The trio knelt on the sand to get a closer look.

November 13, 2011 6:00 pmLoading…
Historical flags give students entry point into the past

Historical flags give students entry point into the past

GLENDO, Wyo. -- Diane Sanborn Taylor ran inside the house and asked her mother, "Can I get the flags from Grandpa's garage and take them to school for show and tell?"

November 11, 2011 11:45 pm Photos

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Natrona County school construction stalls

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County's high school construction projects have been in the spotlight, while four elementary school projects have not moved forward since money was appropriated in early March.

November 05, 2011 11:30 pmLoading…
Casper school hits ground running for federal grant's second year

Casper school hits ground running for federal grant's second year

CASPER, Wyo. — Each polka dot sticker represents one Roosevelt High School student.

November 04, 2011 12:05 am Photos

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Wyoming scores above national average in math, reading

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming students score higher than the national average in reading and math but haven't made huge gains in the past decade, according to results from the latest national education assessment released Tuesday.

November 01, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Natrona County accountability system offers hints for statewide solution

CASPER, Wyo. — When lawmakers wrote a statewide accountability system into state statute this year, few probably knew exactly what they were getting into.

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Casper student council's haunted house benefits Make-A-Wish

Casper student council's haunted house benefits Make-A-Wish

CASPER, Wyo. — Rumor has it a ghost haunts the Natrona County High School auditorium.

October 27, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

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