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Lawmakers Kill, Stall Bills Targeting ‘Porn’ In Wyoming Schools And Libraries

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Rep. Jeannette Ward, R-Casper, on the House floor at the Capitol in Cheyenne. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Two legislative committees this week shut down two proposed laws aimed at keeping obscenity out of public libraries and schools. Detractors said the best way to handle the issue was at the local level.

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State to Pull $3 Million From St. Stephen’s Indian School, Give To Tribal DFS Instead

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Citing constitutional concerns now that the school is under federal control, Wyoming lawmakers are on track to pull about $3 million in state funding from St. Stephen’s Indian School on the Wind River Indian Reservation. 

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Bill Targeting Critical Race Theory In Wyoming Public Schools Sails Through To Senate Floor

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Sen. Lynn Hutchings. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Sen. Lynn Hutchings said she sponsored the anti-CRT bill because factions through the nation are spreading “divisive and destructive,” instruction to young people in a way that undermines gains made by Black people in America.

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No More Spanking In Wyoming Schools? Legislation Moves Forward To Crack Down On It

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Sen. Charlie Scott, R-Casper, talks about corporal punishment in schools during a Senate Education Committee meeting Friday. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

With only three school districts in Wyoming still allowing corporal punishment, Senate File 47 would allow civil or criminal action against any teachers and administrators who do use it.

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There Are Useful Career Training Programs For Wyoming Students – But No One Knows About Them

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A bill that would ensure all public schools and students across the state are on the same page about potentially life-changing apprenticeship programs has advanced from committee. Advocates told lawmakers apprenticeships are hit-or-miss for students, depending on what school district they attend.

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Bill To Address Sexually Graphic Books In School Libraries Likely Unconstitutional, Says Top Free-Speech Lawyer

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Rep. Jeanette Ward, R-Casper, is the lead sponsor for House Bill 66. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Rep. Jeanette Ward says she drafted the bill to keep child-sexualizing books out of Wyoming schools, but the state’s preeminent First Amendment attorney says the proposed law likely wouldn’t hold up to a legal challenge

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Changing Terms Of Federal Act Could Mean More Money For Wyoming Schools

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Construction winds down on the new $17 million Slade Elementary School in Laramie last August. (Greg Johnson, Cowboy State Daily)

The Wyoming Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to urge Congress to tweak a regulation that caps some grazing leases at 10 years.

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Wyoming Legislators Asked To Triple Spending For Schools; Another $148 Million Requested

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Sen. Dave Kinsey chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, which advanced Senate File 18 to the Senate floor. (File photo by Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

With the state flush with higher-than-budgeted-for revenues – and inflation adding millions to construction projects – the Wyoming Legislature’s Appropriations Committee is being asked to more than triple spending.

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School Board Votes To Keep Book About Trans Girl’s Romance With Straight Boy In School Library

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The Park County School Board agreed with detractors that a book about a teenage boy who had his penis removed to create a vagina and then fell in love with another teenage boy isn’t pornography, but the board and challengers disagree on whether the book is appropriate for the Cody High School library.

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Bill Would Punish Wyoming Teachers, School Staffers Who Bully Students

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Rep Steve Harshman (Photo: Matt Idler, Cowboy State Daily)

Stating that adults are just as capable of bullying as students, Rep. Steve Harshman said his son, a high school football player, received a phone call from an adult who told him, “You should kill yourself; you’re the worst quarterback I’ve ever seen.”

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Task Force Would Keep Wyoming Native Foster-Care Children With Native Families, Shoshone Chairman Says It’s Too Slow

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The Legislature’s Select Committee on Tribal Relations is trying to make a state law keeping American Indian children in tribal homes during foster-care situations, while the Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s leaders say the proposed law won’t work fast enough.

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Fearing More Scandals, Case Doesn’t Want To Fund St. Stephen’s Indian School

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Carol Ryczek, For Cowboy State Daily

Saying he fears another abusive situation in a school without state oversight, Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, announced Tuesday he doesn’t want to fund St. Stephen’s Indian School, whose top administrators were implicated in May in sexual and misconduct scandals.

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What Is Pornography? Casper Residents Clash At School Board Meeting Over Library Books

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Many Casper parents are upset that books that contain multiple nude and sex-act photographs, instructions for teens on where to find and how to shoot pornography, and graphic guides showing sexual acts are available in the Kelly Walsh High School library.

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Controversial Books ‘Gender Queer’ And ‘Trans Bodies’ Remain In Casper High School Library – Here’s What’s In Them

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Explicit content: The following story and photos depict mature subject matter. Cowboy State Daily gently blurred nude images, but in the original books, both available at Kelly Walsh High School, the nude images are generally uncensored. Read at your own discretion.

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Wyoming Officials Approve 3 Charter Schools After Heated ‘Indoctrination’ Debate

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The state’s top five elected officials approved charter schools in Chugwater, Casper and Cheyenne Wednesday following a meeting where the public sparred about whether charter schools or public schools “indoctrinate” children politically.

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USDA Promises It’s Not Trying To Take Away School Lunch Money Over Transgender, Gay Rights

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Despite launching a national transgender- and gay-rights policy change tied to federal meals funding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has now pledged in court that it’s not trying to take away school lunch money, mandate alternate pronouns, or mix bathrooms and sports.

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Barrasso, Lummis Blast Biden For Executive Order Forgiving Millions Of Dollars In Student Debt

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Wyoming Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis on Wednesday blasted President Biden for eliminating millions in student debt through executive order. “This is an insult to every American who played by the rules and worked hard to responsibly pay off their debt.”

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Barrasso, Lummis Try To Pro-Actively Block Biden Executive Order Forgiving Student Loans

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With reports of President Biden getting ready to issue an executive order forgiving all student debt, U.S. Sens. Barrasso and Lummis are trying to pro-actively block it with “The Debt Cancellation Accountability Act.”

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USDA Weakens Federal Gender Identity Mandate; Schroeder Skeptical

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Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder

The USDA appears to be backing away from its earlier federal mandate which would have instituted sweeping gender-identity policies in public schools nationwide. Superintendent Brian Schroeder said it’s because of the national outcry.

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Wyo Education Head “Astounded” At Mandate Linking School Lunch Dollars To Gender Identity Policies

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Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder on Friday said it was “disheartening and astounding” to learn of new federal mandate linking school lunch dollars to gender identity policies. 

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Wyo Education Officials Unsure About New Federal Gender-Identity & Sexual Orientation Mandates

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Wyoming school authorities are consulting with legal counsel in order to determine the state’s response to new federal gender-identity-friendly policies.  The requirements are linked to millions of dollars in school meal funding.

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