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  • Scholarship to Wear a Mask is not the right direction for Wyoming Students

    Jillian Balow|Aug 6, 2020

    I am alarmed at the free college rhetoric that hit the Wyoming news cycle over the past week. I know our post-secondary institutions are concerned about enrollment being down this fall and the financial hardship that will cause. But dangling the offer of free college with federal CARES money is not the right message or strategy for that money or our state. It is all too easy in contemporary politics for politicians to offer free everything, we can do better than that in Wyoming. A draft bill,...

  • While schools are closed Education is still going on

    Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow|Apr 30, 2020

    CHEYENNE: Upended. This describes our education system today, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Or does it? What we have come to value and measure in education policy - assessments, accountability, and student seat time - were immediately ditched in the face of the pandemic. Our schools, despite being closed to students, remain hubs for teaching, learning, and providing meals to students. How is this being accomplished? For starters, we know that technology has made remote delivery of quality instruction possible. Since April 6, every school...