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WDE Seeks Public Comment on Chapter 20 and Chapter 2 Rules On Student Transportation

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) seeks public comment on Chapter 20 and Chapter 2 rules concerning student transportation.

During the 2019 Legislative session, HEA0125 repealed the moratorium on the purchase of student transportation vehicles. The proposed revision of Chapter 20 rules incorporates legislative mandates that include: defining procedures for and conditions under which school districts may procure student transportation vehicles; establishing a mileage and age replacement schedule for student transportation vehicles; and establishing a competitive bid process for student transportation vehicle procurement.

The proposed revision of Chapter 2 rules incorporates National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures by reference. Changes in manufacturing processes and mechanical and technological advances have significantly affected the design, production, and performance of school buses and other student transportation vehicles.

Chapter 20 references Chapter 2 rules in several sections; therefore, the proposed rule revisions are being promulgated together. More information on the changes to the rules is available in the Statement of Reasons.

Public comment on these rule revisions is open from July 3, 2019 through August 17, 2019. Comments can be submitted online or mailed to:

Wyoming Department of Education
Attn: Justin Budd
122 West 25th St., Suite E200
Cheyenne, WY 82002

All public comments will be recorded verbatim, including the submitter’s name and city of residence. When commenting, please specify which rule change the comment is concerning.

In addition, the WDE will hold a public hearing for Chapter 20 rules from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20 in the Laramie County School District #1 Storey Gym Boardroom, 2811 House Ave. in Cheyenne.  Anyone who wishes to join the hearing virtually and provide public comment must register by noon on Wednesday, August 19. It is not necessary to register to attend the hearing in person.

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Media Contact:
Michelle Panos, Communications Director
michelle.panos1@wyo.gov
307-777-2053

Ramsey Financial Literacy Curriculum Results Impressive

Dear Superintendents,

One year ago, Ramsey Solutions partnered with UW to bring FINANCIAL LITERACY curriculum and materials to every high school in Wyoming. Wyoming did not disappoint — the results were impressive. Ramsey Solutions was founded by Dave Ramsey, a leader in financial management and literacy. Here are highlights from the school year:

  • 89% of all Wyoming high schools used the curriculum
  • 5,000-plus Wyoming high school students were impacted
  • Financial literacy pre and post test scores went from 66% to 85%
  • UW featured on The Dave Ramsey Show
  • A blog article highlighting UW was #1 on Google

Thank you for using Ramsey to teach financial literacy in your schools! We are now exploring funding opportunities for the upcoming school year and beyond — the UW partnership only provided one-year funding for resources.

I am keenly interested in seeing Ramsey continue to provide resources at low or no cost to Wyoming schools and will keep you up to date. I’d love to hear your ideas and success stories with Ramsey.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) continues to be a substantial discussion topic as the Wyoming Business Council, Post Secondary Attainment Council, the Wyoming Association of Career and Technical Educators (WACTE), and ENDOW meet to evaluate goals, strategies and actions. Business and industry are well-represented in the discussion about how the newly enacted Perkins V funding will be structured and implemented.

Schools of all sizes are taking the lead and thinking innovatively about how to deliver relevant, scaleable, and valued CTE pathways to more students. Your partnership with local business and industry is key. The WDE has recently provided technical assistance to several industry partners and schools interested in setting up apprenticeships.

This week the U.S. Department of Labor announced major milestones in the continuing effort to expand apprenticeships.  First, it published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish a process to advance the development of high-quality, industry-recognized apprenticeship programs, known as IRAPs.  Second, it awarded $183.8 million to support the development and expansion of apprenticeships for educational institutions partnering with businesses that provide a funding match component.

Successful apprenticeships rely on ongoing collaboration among K-12, higher education (community colleges), and business and industry.


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WDE Career and Technical Education teammates Dr. Michelle Aldrich and Ilaine Brown dropped by the Laramie County Community College’s booth at the SkillsUSA Championships in Lexington, KY recently.


SUPPLEMENT NOT SUPPLANT

Last week, the U.S. Dept of Education (USED) released final non-regulatory guidance for “supplement not supplant.” This changed under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to provide greater flexibility to districts while still ensuring that federal funds are supplemental to state funds and cannot be used to replace them.

The guidance explains how ESSA modified the requirement to reduce administrative burden, simplify compliance, and promote effective spending. To comply with the new requirement, a district need only show that its methodology to allocate state and local resources to schools does not take into account a school’s Title I status. For many, the requirement can be met using the district’s current methodology for allocating state and local resources.

Federal programs staff at the WDE is always available to assist schools and districts ensure maximum spending flexibility and compliance with state and federal law.


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Superintendent Jillian Balow and WDE teammate Thom Jones were joined by Kathy Escobedo, Early Intervention and Education Program, Unit Manager, BHD, at the Wyoming Department of Health and Alisha Rone, Executive Director at Child Development Center in Casper, as part of the task force working to implement Waterford UPSTART in Wyoming.


STUDENT SAFETY

The USED is currently accepting applications from entities, including schools and districts, for three grant competitions that support locally tailored approaches to school safety The grants align with recommendations from the Federal Commission on School Safety’s final report.

PROJECT PREVENT GRANT PROGRAM

This program helps Local Education Agencies (LEAs) enhance their ability to identify, assess and serve students exposed to pervasive violence. Funds from this $10 million grant competition can be used to provide mental health services for trauma or anxiety; support conflict resolution programs; and implement other school – based violence prevention strategies. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2019.

SCHOOL CLIMATE TRANSFORMATION GRANT PROGRAM

This $40 million grant competition provides funds to LEAs to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for schools implementing strategies to improve learning conditions and promote positive school culture for all students. The deadline to apply is July 22, 2019.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE PROFESSIONAL DEMONSTRATION GRANT PROGRAM

This $15 million grant competition promotes partnerships between colleges or universities and high-need school districts in order to expand the pipeline of trained school-based mental health services providers. The deadline to apply is Aug. 5, 2019.


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WDE teammates were among the participants at the Open Education Resource (OER) Workshop, where a group exercise was to create what one attendee called the “inspiration headset generator.”


Memos to be released on July 1:

  • 2019-075 – Chapter 2 and Chapter 20 Rules Public Comment and Hearing: Transportation

 

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WDE Seeks Public Comment on Chapter 29 Rules: Evaluation Systems for District and School Leaders and Teachers

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) seeks public comment on the Chapter 29 Rules: Evaluation Systems For District And School Leaders And Teachers. These rules are being revised following the passage of HEA0061 during the 2019 Legislative session, which requires the implementation and administration of a comprehensive teacher evaluation system.

Chapter 29 consists of two parts. One focuses on leader evaluation systems and the other addresses teacher evaluation systems. Most of the changes to Chapter 29 focus on the teacher evaluation systems. Under the proposed rules, the State Board of Education (SBE) will only approve evaluation systems for leaders in the school district, and teachers who provide direct instruction to students. Approval of evaluation systems for other certified personnel, including nurses or instructional facilitators, will no longer be required. More information on the changes is available in the Statement of Reasons.

Public comment on these rule revisions is open from June 17-August 3, 2019. Comments may be submitted online or mailed to:

Laurel Ballard
Wyoming Department of Education
122 W. 25th St. Suite E200
Cheyenne, WY 82002

All public comments will be recorded verbatim, including the submitter’s name and city of residence, on the Secretary of State website as part of the rules promulgation process. When commenting, specify which section of the rule the comment concerns.

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Media Contact:
Michelle Panos, Communications Director
michelle.panos1@wyo.gov
307-777-2053

WDE Outreach – In Pictures

Dear Superintendents,

One memo and a few photos:

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It was a privilege to speak at the annual custodians conference. Pictured here with the incoming and outgoing assosication presidents.script

Computer Science SCRIPT training is well-attended and well-received.nkh

Wyoming received a grant to expand school breakfast and a team of leaders set goals this week in New Orleans.

Memos to be released on Monday, June 17

Wyoming’s A Grade On Quality Counts Report

Dear Superintendents,

This week the Quality Counts report on school finance was released and Wyoming is ranked #1. Looking just beyond the “A” grade that Wyoming received is an important story. Half of the score is based on quantity–how much money is spent on education. The other half of the score represents how fairly money is spread to schools and districts–quality of funding. Here are a few Wyoming-specific highlights:

  • The national average grade was “C.” Wyoming was the only state to receive and “A.”
  • Other states with high grades ranked high in spending (quantity) but low in equity (quality). Wyoming scored high in both.

Here is a link to the report and interactive state reviews.

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Teachers in Rock Springs participate in the SCRIPT Computer Science training.

Memos to be released on Monday, June 10:

  • 2019-073 – Webinar on English Learners and Title III Funding

 

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WDE Seeks Public Comment on Chapter 45 Rules for Special Education

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) seeks public comment on proposed Chapter 45 Rules: Special Education Out-of-District Placement Appropriation. The comment period is open from June 3, 2019 through July 19, 2019.

During the 2018 Legislative Session, HEA0068 Section 6 directed the WDE to promulgate rules for the distribution of $2 million to make payments to school districts for out-of-district placements of special education students. The Wyoming Legislature appropriated additional funds in an attempt to lessen the burden placed upon school districts to pay for high-cost special education students, while under the limits of the cap on spending for special education services. Chapter 45 Rules and Regulations were drafted as a result of this legislation.

Comments can be submitted online or mailed to:

Wyoming Department of Education
Attn: Trystin Green
122 West 25th Street, Suite E200
Cheyenne, WY 82002

All public comments will be recorded verbatim, including the submitter’s name and city of residence on the Secretary of State website as part of the rules promulgation process. When commenting, specify which section of the rule the comment concerns.

In addition, the WDE will hold a public hearing on the proposed rules from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 in the Laramie County School District #1 boardroom, 2811 House Avenue in Cheyenne. Anyone who wishes to join the public hearing and provide public comment via the virtual conference platform Zoom, must register by noon Wednesday, July 17. The public also may attend the meeting to make their comments, and no registration is required to attend the meeting in person.

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Media Contact:
Michelle Panos, Communications Director
michelle.panos1@wyo.gov
307-777-2053

‘The Condition of Education, 2019’

Dear Superintendents,

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released “The Condition of Education 2019,” a report on education in America today.  The report presents 48 indicators in four areas:

  • pre-primary
  • elementary, and secondary education; postsecondary education
  • population characteristics and economic outcomes
  • international comparisons.

It also spotlights several issues of policy interest: young adult educational and employment outcomes by family status and postsecondary outcomes for non-traditional undergraduate students (blog post).

For a snapshot of key information, check out the “At a Glance” and “Highlights” options.

Memos to be released on Monday, June 3:

  • 2019-070 Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities
  • 2019-071 AP Course Information and Trainings
  • 2019-072 Chapter 45 Public Comment: Special Education

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Hats Off To All 2019 Graduates

Dear Superintendents,

Hats off to all 2019 graduates at every level!

This week recipients of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program were named. The program honors the nation’s top-performing students and was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again expanded to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Congratulations to this year’s Wyoming Presidential Scholars:

  1. Lillian Brazil, Jackson – Jackson Hole High School
  2. Scott Nicholas Orton, Afton – Star Valley High School

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Former State Superintendent Judy Catchpole received an honorary doctorate from the University of Wyoming.

Memos to be released on Tuesday, May 28:

 

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Educators Embrace Computer Science Training

Dear Superintendents,

This week saw the first of several CSforAll SCRIPT trainings for educators to help bring computer science and computational thinking to every Wyoming classroom by 2022.

Wyoming received more than $93,000 in grant funding from Microsoft’s TechSpark initiative to offer Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool (SCRIPT) training for school districts. CSforALL is an organization dedicated to making computer science part of every K-12 student’s education.

SCRIPT training provides districts with strategic planning tools to think through what is needed to provide equitable, high-quality computer science education available to all students in their districts. Through a series of self-assessment and goal-setting activities, districts will develop a computer science education vision and roadmap for implementation.

Training will occur in five locations and will be open to six districts in each location. Each training consists of several sessions over a year.

  • Casper: May 14 & 15, 2019, Oct. 15, 2019 and May 20, 2020.
  • Rock Springs: June 4 & 5, 2019, Nov. 14, 2019, and June 4, 2020.
  • Cheyenne: June 11 & 12, 2019, Nov. 19, 2019, and June 11, 2020.
  • Worland: Aug. 5 & 6, 2019, Jan. 7, 2020, and Aug. 6, 2020.
  • Gillette: Sept. 24 & 25, 2019, Feb. 25, 2020, and Sept. 24, 2020.

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Educators, industry partners and WDE teammates took time for a group photo at the CSforALL SCRIPT training in Casper this week. 

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CSforALL SCRIPT training asked educators to work on how to engage their communities to help bring computer science to the classroom. The groups then shared out in a ‘gallery walk’ to promote and share ideas.

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The leadership group from Prairie Wind Elementary in Cheyenne came to the WDE offices Friday to discuss education policy and leadership with Chief Policy Director Kari Eakins. The group also got a tour and talked with WDE teammates. 

Memos to be released:

  • 2019-066: Native American Education Conference
  • 2019-067: Hathaway Success Curriculum Changes and Guidance
  • 2019-068: Change in Home Language Survey Requirements

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WDE Seeks Public Comment on Chapter 10 Rules and Computer Science Standards

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) seeks public comment on proposed revisions to the Chapter 10 Rules: Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. In addition, the WDE is seeking public comment on the revised proposed Computer Science Content and Performance Standards that will be incorporated into the Chapter 10 rules.

The revisions to Chapter 10 rules are a result of the passage of Senate Enrolled Act 0048 in 2018 that added computer science and computational thinking to the common core of knowledge and skills for Wyoming students kindergarten through 12th grade. The bill requires the promulgation of uniform content and performance standards for computer science by January 1, 2022, then going into effect beginning with the 2022-23 school year.

The proposed Computer Science Content and Performance Standards were developed and then revised by a standards review committee composed of 40 members, which included educators, professors, parents, content experts, and business and community members.

The comment period is the final opportunity for the public to comment on the Computer Science Content and Performance Standards. Input on the proposed rules and standards will be open, both online and by mail, from May 13-June 28, 2019. The public may comment on one, or both, of these topics.

Comments can be submitted online or mailed to:

Wyoming Department of Education
Attn: Barb Marquer
122 West 25th Street, Suite E200
Cheyenne, WY 82002

All public comments will be recorded verbatim, including the submitter’s name and city of residence, on the Secretary of State website as part of the rules promulgation process.

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Media Contact:
Michelle Panos, Communications Director
michelle.panos1@wyo.gov
307-777-2053