SCSD2 on Possibility of No External Cost Adjustment

SCSD2 Administration Building. (Sheridan Media file photo)
SCSD2 Administration Building. (Sheridan Media file photo)

The Joint Education Committee made a recommendation this month that would give school districts no External Cost Adjustment for the third straight year.

Essentially, ECA accounts for inflation and allows districts to give teacher salary raises.

Studies were done prior to committee meetings on how Wyoming teacher salaries compared to others in the region, and furthermore how those salaries related to student performance.

Consultants found that Wyoming had some of the highest teacher salaries, and at some schools teacher salaries didn't correlate to student success, as measured by scores in state assessments.

Sheridan County School District No. 2 Director of Elementary Education Scott Stults attended the Joint Education Committee meetings. Stults says District 2 can document a strong positive correlation between its teacher salaries and student performance in district assessments.

Superintendent Craig Dougherty added his comments.

The ECA recommendation will be considered by the Joint Appropriations Committee during their meeting this Friday in Cheyenne before going before the 2012 Legislature.

Listen to the full discussion...

The information in this story comes from discussion on legislative committee meetings as related to District 2 during Thursday morning's edition of Public Pulse.

Listen to the full interview with Superintendent Craig Dougherty and Director of Elementary Education Scott Stults here.

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