Representative Patton on Accountability in Education

Wyoming State Representative John Patton
Wyoming State Representative John Patton

The Wyoming State Senate advanced a bill that would establish a state education accountability program to monitor K-12 education. State Representative John Patton appeared as a guest Tuesday on News Talk 930 KROE'S Public Pulse program and offered this opinion on who should be held accountable for underachieving school districts in Wyoming.

Patton said that the legislation would comprise of a committee that would be headed by the chairman of the House Education Committee and the Senate Education Committee. Patton also said that it will be an ongoing process and that by 2013 every school district will have to conform to the accountability standards that come out of that committee.

The Senate Tuesday killed a bill that proposed to remove continuing contract status from the Wyoming teacher employment law. The teacher tenure bill as it is better known, would have ended the practice of automatically renewing teacher’s employment contracts after they pass an initial three-year probationary period.

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