Wyoming Education, Common Core

Common Core has been one of the most polarizing education initiatives ever conceived by national education bureaucrats. From its conception it has divided and angered hundreds of thousands of parents across the country. They created huge numbers of grassroots organizations, including several here in Wyoming, to oppose this corrosive education scheme. These groups have spent years working to eliminate the Common Core Standards and the testing scenarios that accompany them….

My daughter is in grade school. This is what happens when education is taken over by progressive bureaucrats in Washington. Schools and educators must be accountable to parents, not gov’t. That’s why I’m fighting to end common core in Wyoming.

We wanted to share a great piece from a writer who takes a closer look at the national outcomes of the Common Core.   Slowly but surely, the Common Core is beginning to melt away. History will not be kind to this damaging education scheme. And as you will read, studies of the effects of these standards and consequent curriculums clearly show that their advocates failed to achieve the lofty results they touted. Quite the opposite — this scheme is the worst education blunder in the past decade, rivaling even No Child Left Behind…learn more

Regarding funding, we spend $18,679 per student in Wyoming; more than every state except New York and Washington D.C. (link to https://www.alec.org/app/uploads/2015/11/2015alecreportcardfinalweb-151110162215-lva1-app6891.pdf). This is too much, especially in times of declining school revenue. In the 2017/2018 biennial budget Wyoming faced a shortfall of nearly $500 million in K-12 school funding (see Budget/Revenue), and this doesn’t include school capital construction. The 2019/2020 has the same projections of a $400-$500 million shortfall. Where does Wyoming come up with this money? We could use state savings, but that would only carry us through four years of funding. This projected downturn is 8-10 years.

So where does Wyoming get the money to keep up with the costs? Three solutions come to mind. You can find another source of revenue, raise taxes, or cut costs. I’m of the opinion that we have to find ways to reduce costs in uncertain times of declining revenue. I think the solution includes more school choice. In times of economic struggle, now is not the time to increase taxes.