Re: Sen. Burns comments
on education funding
Last week, when referencing public school funding, Sen. Bruce Burns asked, “Where are the better results?” I take exception to that and would like to acknowledge that two of our local public schools were recently awarded Blue Ribbon status from the Department of Education.
Teaching is an honorable and incredibly difficult profession. Having elected officials make comments like this at the very time local public schools are receiving the highest academic award a school can achieve is disingenuous and not helpful.
I ask that Burns spend the time to learn what it takes to become a Blue Ribbon School and recognize that we are indeed getting a good deal here in Sheridan County. I for one could not be more proud of our local public schools, our teachers, our administrators and our public school support staff. These dedicated professionals, and the public schools they have produced, are an invaluable asset to our community.
In recent years, all but one of Sheridan County School District 2’s elementary schools have been awarded Blue Ribbon status. Sheridan Junior High has been awarded Blue Ribbon status. Big Horn High School has been awarded Blue Ribbon status. When Burns asks, “Where are the better results?” — there is the answer.
Businesses are attracted to communities with high achieving public schools.
Thankfully Sheridan is blessed with that. Our public schools have stepped up and done their part. Slashing funding for public schools is counterintuitive. Unfortunately we are subjected to declines in school funding due to boom-bust cycles. That is not the fault of our exceptional public schools. Our elected state officials have been saying for years that they are working to fix this situation and diversify Wyoming’s economy. Where are the better results?