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School skit sparks investigation

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County High School Principal Dean Kelly has been temporarily replaced as the school's top official after what he's calling a "personnel issue" involving members of the school's staff earlier this week.

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State offers early childhood grants

CASPER, Wyo. — Dianna Webb stepped gingerly between sleeping children Thursday afternoon on the way to her office at Apple Tree Learning Center in Casper.

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Accountability report urges fewer tests, more peer review

CASPER, Wyo. — States should focus less on tests and more on improving teachers when crafting school rating systems, a new report out this week from a national education think tank states.

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Wyoming trails national marks in ACT test

CASPER, Wyo. — New scores from national testing company ACT show that Wyoming students performed better on the standardized test this year than last, but the Cowboy State still falls below the national average and behind some other states that test their entire graduating classes like Wyoming does.

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Cultural miscommunication discussed at Riverton native education conference

CASPER, Wyo. — The Rev. Michael Oleksa has lived and worked with American Indians in Alaska for more than 40 years.

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Lain outraises GOP opponents; Dem Ceballos close behind

Lain outraises GOP opponents; Dem Ceballos close behind

CASPER, Wyo. — Republican Sheryl Lain has raised more than $86,000 in her bid for the post of Wyoming superintendent of public instruction, almost all of it coming from her own coffers.

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Documents: Lain didn't take leave to teach for-profit seminars

Documents: Lain didn't take leave to teach for-profit seminars

CASPER, Wyo. — Dean Fausset, the department head overseeing Wyoming’s human resources division, says state employees need approval — preferably in writing — to work jobs outside their state roles.

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Fact-check: Lain worked as Common Core expert

Fact-check: Lain worked as Common Core expert

CASPER, Wyo. — Before Wyoming adopted the Common Core State Standards in language arts and math in 2012, state schools chief candidate Sheryl Lain worked for a private organization to train teachers how to use the standards to help their students learn to read.

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Wyoming schools chief hopefuls tout local control

RIVERTON -- Three Republican candidates for the top schools job in Wyoming touted their ability to streamline bureaucracy and fight back what they say is a federalization of education during a debate in Riverton on Tuesday night.

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Family outreach taught in Native American education conference

RIVERTON, Wyo. — A principal walked into Brent Gish’s office in 2011, crying.

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Annual Native American education conference starts Tuesday

CASPER, Wyo. — The fifth annual Native American education conference starts Tuesday in Riverton, featuring two days of presentations on issues that impact native students.

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Lain, Balow take time off from state jobs to campaign

CASPER, Wyo. -- Two of the three Republican contenders for the state's top schools job took extensive time off from work while campaigning this summer.

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Too much, too young? One in three Wyoming foster care children prescribed psychotropic drugs

Too much, too young? One in three Wyoming foster care children prescribed psychotropic drugs

CASPER, Wyo. — For Cameron O’Malley, weekends at his sister’s house meant tucking a pair of jeans, a few shirts and his toothbrush into his backpack. The 15-year-old’s foster mom would zip a weekend’s worth of pills the size of jelly beans into plastic baggies.

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Unique strategy: Hill, Lain hit campaign trail together

 CASPER, Wyo. -- Not far from many of gubernatorial candidate Cindy Hill's red campaign signs stands a blue sign endorsing her co-worker Sheryl Lain for the top schools job in the state.

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One in two Wyoming community college students completes college after remediation

One in two Wyoming community college students completes college after remediation

CASPER, Wyo -- Ariane Baca-Johnson graduated high school not knowing how to do long division by hand.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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