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Governor:Matt Mead
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Jillian Balow
Quality Counts state grade:B-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:94,067
Number of school districts:61
Number of public schools:374
Number of public school teachers:7,615
Unadjusted education spending per student:$15,797
Percent minority students:21.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:37.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.8%
Percent of English-language learners:2.9%
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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Cheyenne, Wyo.

Here in the capital of the vast, scenic Cowboy State, lawmakers are under the gun to meet what is nationally among the most far-reaching school finance mandates a high court has issued.

June 11, 1997 – Education Week
Ordered by the state supreme court to step back and define "the proper education for a Wyoming child," state lawmakers' answer seems to be: the one we're already providing.
November 6, 1996 – Education Week
November 22, 1995 – Education Week
October 13, 1993 – Education Week
January 31, 1990 – Education Week
Recent revelations that major Wyoming oil and gas producers may have underpaid millions of dollars in property taxes have prompted lawmakers to consider a bill that would expand the state's authority to audit and monitor mineral production.
March 16, 1988 – Education Week
The Wyoming Blue Ribbon Committee on Quality Education this month recommended a school-reform package that includes increased high-school graduation requirements, higher salaries and professional standards for teachers, and more efficient use of classroom time.
September 26, 1984 – Education Week
Gov. Ed Herschler of Wyoming in his opening address to the legislature has asked lawmakers not to subject the state department of education to cuts over the next biennium any deeper than the 6-percent reduction he recommended in his budget. He termed "arbitrary and partisan" a proposal by the Republican-controlled Joint Appropriations Committee to cut the agency's budget by another 3 to 4 percent.

State aid to school districts is expected to remain at about $175 million, although the education department is seeking some refinements in the way the money is distributed. (See Education Week, Feb. 22, 1984.)

February 29, 1984 – Education Week
Wyoming's new system of allocating state aid to school districts has functioned well in its first year of operation, but could be improved by the addition of a cost-of-education factor reflecting local economic conditions, according to Lynn O. Simons, state superintendent of public instruction.

In a report last month to the legislature on behalf of the state board of education, Ms. Simons said the finance reform, which involves recapture and redistribution at the state level of some local property-tax revenue, has reduced disparities in per-pupil spending between rich and poor districts.

February 22, 1984 – Education Week
A high-level commission in Wyoming has proposed a package of school reforms--including merit pay for teachers, greater state control of local districts, and more stringent academic and discipline standards.
November 23, 1983 – Education Week

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