A regional survey in which the majority of 7,000 respondents said the state’s education system needs improvement prompted a meeting of a special advisory group with members of the Park …
A regional survey in which the majority of 7,000 respondents said the state’s education system needs improvement prompted a meeting of a special advisory group with members of the Park County community.
The majority of respondents were parents, joined by school district employees and concerned citizens.
Members of the Reimagining Innovation in Delivering Education (RIDE) advisory group met Tuesday and Wednesday in Powell. Meeting first in small groups, then as a whole, attendees discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s education system.
“It’s a good discussion,” said Senator Kost. “We can get the views of everybody from around the state, and when you put that together with the surveys, we can really, honestly evaluate what people in Wyoming see is necessary to change rather than just a few of us trying to make a decision. When everybody talks, you get good ideas,” he said.
Park County School District No. 1 Assistant Superintendent Jason Sleep said reading, writing and arithmetic are very strong at the K-5 levels and relationships are important in education.
“I think it comes down kind of what Caroline (Kost) said: The relationships that we have with the kids and the parents really is what I think is a strength of ours here,” he said.
The members of the public in attendance — the majority of whom were education professionals — mentioned student mental health, counseling services and over regulation as issues that need improvement and support from the state.
Similar discussions have been held in Afton and Rock Springs and are scheduled for Riverton, Gillette, Casper and Cheyenne, along with an additional virtual meeting slated for July 27.
Survey data and more information about RIDE can be found at ride.wyo.gov.