A Senate committee last week endorsed a constitutional amendment that would prohibit Wyoming courts from dictating how much money the state should spend on its K-12 public education and mandating higher taxes for schools.
Supporters say lawmakers have little room to address the current downturn in state revenue because court rulings restrict what they can do on education spending. Critics contend it’s an attempt by legislators to avoid having to address tax increases.
If adopted by the legislature, the proposal would go on the next statewide general-election ballot.
A version of this article appeared in the February 08, 2017 edition of Education Week as Wyo. Bill Would Restrict Courts on Ed. Funding