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WDE Seeks Public Comment on Chapter 2 Rules for Minimum Standards for Student Transportation Vehicles

May 17, 2021

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is receiving public comment regarding changes to the Chapter 2 Rules regarding the Minimum Standards for Wyoming Student Transportation Vehicles.

Initial changes to Chapter 2 were implemented in December 2019 with the incorporation of the 2015 National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures. This measure further enhanced the safety, security, and efficiency of student transportation. After incorporating these minimum national standards by reference, the WDE has since compiled supplemental information to provide more detailed requirements. This was done through extensive research and in consultation with the specifications subcommittee component of Pupil Transportation Advisory Committee.

Public comment can be provided here. For more information contact Justin Arnold, Pupil Transportation Director at 307-777-6984, or

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Media Contact:
Linda Finnerty, Communications Director

Congratulations to WY U.S. Presidential Scholars

Dear Superintendents,

During visits to Wyoming schools this week I met with students and parents to gather stakeholder input about using the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds, as required by law. The conversations were insightful and sincere. Thank you for generously scheduling the visits and welcoming me into schools. It is always an honor.

Monthly data from the NAEP 2021 School Survey were released for March – Wyoming is included.

Broadband Assistance Program for Families

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is managing an assistance program to ensure all students have access to broadband internet. More information about who qualifies and how to participate can be found here

Several new resources of note:

  • The Education Commission of the States (ECS) will host a webinar series, Data Privacy Lessons from the Pandemic Virtual Series
  • A newly developed website,, provides local and state leaders with evidence-based practices for implementing quality afterschool and summer enrichment programs and help meet the American Rescue Plan (ARP) goals of addressing students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. 

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Mr. Bahige is Wyoming’s National Distinguished Principal and leads Rawhide Elementary in Gillette. His school has been implementing a Spanish immersion program for 4 years.

May is Military Appreciation Month

Plan ahead for next school year.  This website is a good tool to help organize school or district support for current military members, veterans, and families in your community.


Memos to be released on Monday, May 17:

Blue Balow Signature