It was wonderful to see many of you at S5S and at the Jonah Capitol this week. Like last week, bills are moving swiftly through the Wyoming House and Senate and an update would be outdated within minutes. There is one week left for the 2018 Wyoming Legislature to concur on a state budget, education funding, and dozens of bills—education and otherwise.
SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY
In the wake of the school tragedy in Florida, schools across the nation (including Wyoming) are thinking carefully about school safety and security. Last session, HB194 passed and made it possible for Wyoming school boards to consider arming qualified and willing personnel as a student safety and security measure. In response to the legislation, I convened a statewide ad hoc committee to develop non-regulatory guidance for communities. Here is a link to the guidance.
Related, I understand there may be student observances, in some cases, walkouts, planned this spring. I have observed schools across the nation and in Wyoming utilizing the events as learning opportunities. While my staff does not intend to issue guidance for these events here is a practical resource you may find helpful. Note: The resource was developed independent of WDE and may not be applicable in local school districts.
There is a memo this week regarding new accreditation guidance. This is initial guidance as a result of the accreditation task force that will continue to provide input through implementation.
Memos to be released on Monday, March 5:
- 2018-026: New Series: WDE Quarterly Webinars On EL Students And Title III Funding
- 2018-027: Updates to the State Accreditation Process
- 2018-028: 2018 Canvas Trainings
- 2018-029: 2018 K-12 Digital Learning Innovations Awards
- 2018-030: Liberty Day Institute Distributing Constitutions
- 2018-031: Call for Presenters for 2018 Native American Education Conference