CHEYENNE — An amendment to the Senate’s budget bill would prevent school districts from using state-appropriated funds to sue Wyoming...The amendment is notable because of a series of landmark court cases that reshaped Wyoming’s educational landscape. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the Campbell County decisions, as they’re known, dictated that education here be adequate and equitable, meaning a student in Teton County, for example, must receive the same education as a student in Goshen County.
It’s also notable because of Wyoming’s education funding crisis. Lawmakers are considering bills to cut education in order to deal with a projected $400 million annual shortfall, a hole brought on by a two-year downturn in the energy industry. As legislators learn the history of education funding here and begin to undertake the task of roping in spending, there’s concern about looming lawsuits.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Districts in Wyoming don't have enough state funding, but the state legislature doesn't want to hear about it
Bold move in Wyoming: