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Amid coal uncertainty, school construction funds projected to waver

When a company wants to dig for coal in Wyoming, it pays a one-time competitive fee to help its bid stand out from what is usually a crowd of companies vying for the right to mine.

July 27, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Report: Wyoming school superintendent committed misconduct in office

Report: Wyoming school superintendent committed misconduct in office

A final report from a legislative committee that has spent more than a year investigating state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill says Hill's actions in office amounted to misconduct and she should be formally rebuked.

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UW Dean: Bar has been raised for new education students

CASPER, Wyo. — An associate dean in the University of Wyoming College of Education responded to recent critiques of her college by saying she would love to talk with anyone about the program and its students.

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Sternberg fallout at UW: 8 of 11 top positions remain open

Sternberg fallout at UW: 8 of 11 top positions remain open

CASPER, Wyo. — Of the 11 administrators and college deans who resigned from the University of Wyoming leadership since about the time former President Bob Sternberg took office a year ago, eight of those positions are staffed by interim leaders or are still vacant.

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UW stays neutral on science standards

CASPER, Wyo. — University of Wyoming trustees opted not to take a stance on a set of educational benchmarks controversial in Wyoming for their national roots and for what they expect students to know about climate change.

July 17, 2014 8:36 pmLoading…
University of Wyoming trustees plan meeting with legislative leaders

University of Wyoming trustees plan meeting with legislative leaders

CASPER, Wyo. — University of Wyoming trustees will kick off three days of meetings in Casper with a two-hour conversation regarding the university’s relationship with the Wyoming Legislature on Tuesday.

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Some school superintendents paid far more than state suggests

CASPER, Wyo. — Being a school district superintendent is no cakewalk.

July 13, 2014 5:40 amLoading…

National groups launch science education campaign

CASPER, Wyo. — A cohort of national science education groups is increasing efforts to lobby for educational standards that include the teaching of climate change.

July 11, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Numbers steady for UW domestic partner benefits

CASPER, Wyo. — The number of University of Wyoming employees receiving reimbursement to help pay for health benefits for their domestic partners has remained steady since the program started in 2011.

July 07, 2014 8:30 amLoading…
Legislators say impeachment unlikely for embattled schools chief

Legislators say impeachment unlikely for embattled schools chief

CASPER, Wyo. — A 100-page report released last week chronicles misspending and intimidating leadership at the Wyoming Department of Education and could lay the groundwork for state Superintendent of Schools Cindy Hill’s removal from office.

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Legislature draft report finds grounds to impeach schools chief Cindy Hill

CASPER, Wyo. — A group of lawmakers says state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill’s demands for political loyalty while overseeing employees at the Wyoming Department of Education are grounds for impeachment, according to a draft report from a select committee investigating Hill…

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Students explore biology in Yellowstone classroom

Students explore biology in Yellowstone classroom

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Will Robinson eyed quietly the handful of moss in his student's palm.

June 28, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Education committee to talk department restructure

CASPER, Wyo. — State lawmakers will meet in Casper on Thursday to talk about potential changes to the Wyoming Department of Education following what some lawmakers say has been decades of turmoil between the agency's elected head and the state Board of Education, which is appointed by the governor.

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Report: University of Wyoming creates jobs, revenue

Report: University of Wyoming creates jobs, revenue

CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming spurs about $130 million in economic activity and creates more than 2,200 jobs annually, according to a new report from the university's Office of Research and Economic Development.

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Bureau of Indian Education study group says overhaul needed

CASPER, Wyo. — A national report released last week points to systemic failure in and proposes a massive overhaul for the federal agency in charge of some 180 schools for Native American students in the U.S., including one in Wyoming.

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Yellowstone uses Cody-area beef providers for select burger in the park

Yellowstone uses Cody-area beef providers for select burger in the park

LAKE YELLOWSTONE HOTEL, Yellowstone National Park — When David Fales sat down for a hamburger at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel last spring, he told no one who he was.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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UW says alleged 'ban' on pledge of allegiance untrue

CASPER, Wyo. — A University of Wyoming student veteran says he will submit a proposal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at student government meetings following national media attention on the issue Wednesday.

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Report: School lunch program misspends money

A new federal report says the government program that funds school lunches for low-income families nationwide misspent about $996 million, or 8 percent of its budget, last fiscal year.

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Tests show no cancer in Wyoming boy's brain

Tests show no cancer in Wyoming boy's brain

A 6-year-old Casper boy whose story about terminal brain cancer sparked an outpouring of community support earlier this year showed no signs of a tumor during a brain scan earlier this month, according to testimony during a court hearing Tuesday.

June 18, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Common Core opponents say states' repeal boosts momentum

CASPER, Wyo. — State lawmakers opposed to nationwide educational benchmarks known as the Common Core say recent moves by three states to repeal the standards are fueling the movement to roll them back in Wyoming.

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Wyoming churches endorse science standards

A group of Wyoming churches has voiced its support for a set of educational benchmarks that are controversial in Wyoming for what they expect students to know about global climate change and evolution.

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Numbers good for Wyoming's biggest national park

Numbers good for Wyoming's biggest national park

LAKE VILLAGE, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Four-year-old Ronia Kuipers sat on her father’s shoulders to sneak a better peek at a grizzly bear on a recent afternoon.

June 14, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Cody-based group advocates for better water for horses

Cody-based group advocates for better water for horses

CODY, Wyo. — A black mustang shook its nose while lumbering along the edge of a fence outside town.

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Wyoming scientists: Reconsider controversial set of science standards

A group of Wyoming educators has asked state education leaders to rethink their stance on a controversial set of science standards.

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Donors: Dorian case hasn't deterred giving in Casper

Donors: Dorian case hasn't deterred giving in Casper

Ron Strang wasn't thinking about himself when he volunteered to host a superhero-themed birthday party for a near-stranger's family in February.

June 01, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Wheatland students build award-winning emergency shelter

Wheatland students build award-winning emergency shelter

Joey Madsen remembers crouching under a textbook while facing a wall during a 2012 tornado drill at Wheatland Junior High School.

June 01, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Four vie for state schools chief position

CASPER, Wyo. — A former business executive, retired engineer, former classroom teacher and a deputy to Wyoming’s current schools chief will face off for a shot at the state’s most prominent education position this fall.

June 01, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Deputy to embattled schools chief files for superintendent

CASPER, Wyo. — Sheryl Lain, a Cheyenne-based education administrator who served on the leadership team of Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill, has filed to run for the statewide schools chief job.

May 30, 2014 8:40 pmLoading…
Last day of school bittersweet for students, teachers

Last day of school bittersweet for students, teachers

A half dozen kids threw their weight behind two ends of a rope in a game of tug-of-war loosely officiated by an onlooking teacher. More kids tackled each other on inflatable slides and bouncy castles Tuesday outside Cottonwood Elementary School in Casper.

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In coal country, schools test new science standards

In coal country, schools test new science standards

GILLETTE — A school district in the heart of Wyoming’s coal country received a grant last year to train teachers in the types of higher-level thinking outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards, a set of K-12 benchmarks recently criticized in Wyoming for their emphasis on global clima…

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Natrona County graduate moves on to next challenge

Natrona County graduate moves on to next challenge

CASPER, Wyo. — Jacob Colman is the rare teen who willingly says school is fun.

May 26, 2014 8:00 amLoading…
Triplets graduate from Roosevelt High School

Triplets graduate from Roosevelt High School

CASPER, Wyo. — Except for their blue eyes and blond hair, the triplets couldn’t look any more different.

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Krishelle Layton says charges resulted from misunderstandings

Krishelle Layton says charges resulted from misunderstandings

CASPER, Wyo. — The mother of a 6-year-old Casper boy with brain cancer says the fraud charges against her are the result of a series of misunderstandings.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Data on free and reduced lunch misses eligible students

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming tracks academic progress among its poorest students using a system that, while flawed, is the best method available today, state education officials say.

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Outbreak of gastrointestinal illness reported in Pinedale

CASPER, Wyo. — State health officials say they don’t know what caused a gastrointestinal illness outbreak that sickened students and staffers at Pinedale High School on Wednesday.

May 22, 2014 8:15 pmLoading…

University of Wyoming-Casper to start new medical laboratory bachelor's program

The University of Wyoming at Casper is responding to a growing need for medical laboratory scientists in Wyoming by launching a bachelor’s degree program, the university said Monday.

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Hill investigative committee meets in private Monday

Hill investigative committee meets in private Monday

A group of lawmakers investigating alleged wrongdoing by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill will meet in private Monday to review a draft report of the committee's findings and discuss what to do next.

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Though county tax assessment up, more money won't go to Natrona County schools

Though Natrona County’s assessed valuation will increase in 2014, local schools will not receive increased funding as a result, Superintendent Steve Hopkins said Friday.

May 17, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Common Core opponents volunteer for Wyoming science standards committee

CASPER, Wyo. — Members of the grass-roots group Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core are volunteering to sit on the committee planning to review science standards for Wyoming schools, several members of the group told the Star-Tribune.

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Wyoming Reads brings books to 1,100 local first-graders

Wyoming Reads brings books to 1,100 local first-graders

CASPER, Wyo. — Some 1,100 first-graders braved a chilly May morning to eat lunch on the lawn of the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper on Tuesday.

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Wyoming will not receive fed schools waiver

Wyoming will not receive a federal waiver that would ease consequences for schools under the No Child Left Behind Act, according to a Wyoming Department of Education email obtained by the Star-Tribune.

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School trustees to tour Southridge, talk drug court counts

Natrona County School District trustees are slated to hear an update on the Natrona County Student Court at their regular board meeting Monday.

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UW sexual assaults triple in 2013; drug, alcohol arrests up too

University of Wyoming students reported three times as many sexual assaults in 2013 than in the prior year, an increase school officials are attributing to greater awareness of sexual abuse resources on campus.

May 11, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Natrona County voters decide fate of $33 million school bond issue today

CASPER, Wyo. — A $33 million bond issue to pay for school improvements the state does not fund is up for a vote in Natrona County starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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Report: trim duties at state education agencies

As state lawmakers debate whether to pare down the Wyoming Department of Education amid a possible restructuring of the agency, a new national report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute suggests that states do exactly that.

May 05, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Tiny Natrona County school faces demolition after 3 decades vacant

Tiny Natrona County school faces demolition after 3 decades vacant

Not much has changed on a stretch of prairie west of Casper in the 30 years since students ran the halls of what once was Forest Oil School.

May 04, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Natrona County school bond breakdown for Tuesday's election

A $33 million bond issue to pay for school improvements the state does not fund is up for a vote in Natrona County on Tuesday.

May 04, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Records show 11 exits from Wyoming education agency since Supreme Court ruling

Records show 11 exits from Wyoming education agency since Supreme Court ruling

CASPER, Wyo. — Eleven employees have left or announced their resignation from the Wyoming Department of Education since schools chief Cindy Hill won a state Supreme Court case in January that put her back in charge of the department, according to records released Tuesday by the department.

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Cindy Hill back in charge of Wyoming Education Department

Cindy Hill back in charge of Wyoming Education Department

State schools chief Cindy Hill is back in charge of the Wyoming Department of Education, following a final order from a district court judge that reinstated her as the department's top official.

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State board sends science standards back to education department

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Board of Education voted Friday to return a set of controversial K-12 science benchmarks to the state Department of Education for review, the first formal action since a committee of teachers unanimously endorsed the Next Generation Science Standards and the Legisl…

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