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- Multiple education bills have been filed in the Wyoming legislature, which began its session on Jan. 8.
- In an attempt to ramp up school security, state Sen. Affie Ellis, R-Cheyenne, filed a bill that would require the state superintendent to consult with federal and state offices in revamping school safety protocol. In addition, schools would have to develop and review their own school safety plans on an annual basis, and districts would conduct trainings with staff.
- House Bill 22 proposes changes to teacher evaluations in order to streamline the process. Another, more controversial bill would eliminate county zoning laws from the planning process in building or expanding private schools. And Senate Bill 43 aims to make it easier for students pursuing career or technical education to apply for a state merit scholarship, which supports postsecondary careers in Wyoming, by adjusting its requirements.
- One bill in the House moves to impose an income tax on out-of-state corporations, with revenues going to Wyoming’s public schools. If the bill passes, there’s still a possibility that this money wouldn’t go toward funding education.
- Education funding and sources of funding will also be subject to debate during the session. In that vein, one existing proposal suggests increasing property taxes to support public schools.