Sheridan County School District 2 Trustees asked for laws raising the age of public school mandatory attendance and dealing with bullying in a meeting Monday night with Sheridan County's state legislators.
District 2 administrators and staff told legislators the district is in favor of bills coming up in the 2014 Wyoming Legislature that support early childhood education and alternative schools, but the district opposes an additional kindergarten testing mandate. District 2 includes all schools in Sheridan and Story Elementary.
School district trustees and administrators also asked for “relief” from laws mandating a class ratio of sixteen students to one teacher in Wyoming, saying the law defies local control of classroom size. They also said it requires District 2 to submit a waiver every year because student numbers do not fit the mandated ratio.
A presentation to legislators showed that students in the school district's grades three through eight and grade 11 scored higher than statewide averages in the most recent statewide proficiency assessments in reading and math tests. Students in all six grades scored 80 percent and higher in the tests.
In other matters, school officials asked legislators to vote for two resolutions coming up in the 2014 session. One raises the age of mandatory public school attendance from 16 to 18 or graduation from high school, whichever comes first, and the other revokes drivers license privileges for anyone younger than 18 who no longer attends school.