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Governor:Matt Mead
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Jillian Balow
Quality Counts state grade:B-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:92,732
Number of school districts:48
Number of public schools:366
Number of public school teachers:7,555
Unadjusted education spending per student:$15,700
Percent minority students:19.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:37.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.9%
Percent of English-language learners:3.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:48.3%
8th grade math:35.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:41.2%
8th grade reading:36.0%

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The applications for flexibility under the NCLB law from Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming are no sure thing.
March 13, 2013 – Education Week
A new law empowering the governor and stripping the state schools chief of authority draws political pushback.
February 20, 2013 – Education Week
Wyoming legislators have nearly doubled the amount of aid for education in recent years.
June 20, 2007 – Education Week (Web)
Thirteen Western states that are home to more than 93 percent of the nation’s federally owned land have formed a coalition to lobby Washington for an annual $4 billion in lost local and state property-tax revenues on the federal land, nearly $1.9 billion of which would have gone to pay for public education.
December 13, 2006 – Education Week
The races for the nation’s two open state superintendent seats remained too close to call this morning, while incumbents in four states retained their seats.
November 8, 2006 | Updated: May 2, 2016 – Education Week (Web)
Rising natural-gas and oil prices have left energy-rich Wyoming in a financial position that state officials usually can only dream of—a $1.8 billion surplus projected for this year, and barely enough ways to spend the money in the sparsely populated state.
May 17, 2006 – Education Week
It’s a fight that could be coming to a courtroom near you: Plaintiffs in Wyoming’s long-running education finance case say they’re not finished arguing that the state has the responsibility to pay for preschool for children deemed at risk of school failure.
October 5, 2005 – Education Week
As the 109th Congress begins this week, the Senate education committee is expected to get a new chairman—Sen. Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming—who observers say will bring to the job a blend of pragmatic conservatism and a keen appreciation for the challenges of rural communities.
January 5, 2005 – Education Week
Wyoming officials have approved an unusual testing contract focused on improving instruction in classrooms at the same time that it yields data for accountability purposes.
October 13, 2004 – Education Week
In an effort to try to hang on to its teachers, the school district in Green River, Wyo., has filed a lawsuit against a teacher who resigned before she ever started her job.
June 5, 2002 – Education Week

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