Wyoming Education: AP Headlines Oct. 19

Wyoming Education: AP Headlines Oct. 19

CHEYENNE (AP) - A new study says 56% of the new students entering Wyoming community colleges aren't prepared for college-level courses. In addition, 23% of new students entering the University of Wyoming need help with math.

The study was presented to the Legislature's Joint Education Committee on Tuesday in Casper. The study was requested by the 2011 Legislature as part of its efforts to improve the performance of students and teachers in Wyoming's public school system.

Republican state Rep. Matt Teeters of Lingle says the state needs to make sure its high school students are ready for college.

Teeters says he thinks lawmakers may have to look at raising the state's high school graduation standards to help reduce the need for remedial courses.

WEA has some concerns about education proposal

CHEYENNE (AP) - The Wyoming Education Association has some concerns about a proposal in the U.S. Senate to fix the federal "No Child Left Behind" law.

The proposal was negotiated by Republican Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi and Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa.

The Wyoming Education Association says it has concerns that the proposal doesn't require multiple measures of school or student performance. It also has issues with how to deal with underperforming schools.

The organization noted improvements that the proposal would make in the current law, such as moving toward college and career-ready standards.

Governor Rejects Applying for Fed Early Learning Money

CHEYENNE (AP) - Governor Matt Mead has decided not to apply for a $27.8 million federal grant to help preschool children prepare for school.

The deadline for the state to apply for the Race to the Top / Early Learning Challenge Grant is Wednesday.

Mead said Tuesday that Wyoming will move forward on its own to boost early childhood learning without applying for the federal money.

In a statement issued by his office, Mead says Wyoming doesn't need to ask the federal government for millions of dollars until it is needed and can be spent effectively.

Noamie Niemitalo of the Early Childhood State Advisory Council says she's disappointed in Mead's decision. She says the council supported seeking the grant in hopes of consolidating and improving early childhood services in Wyoming.

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