With the 2021 school year underway or already underway in Wyoming, we thought this might be a good time to ask questions about the biggest issues facing local schools.
Clearly, COVID-19 had a big impact on public schools last year, with districts across the state switching to distance learning. With the resurgence of the pandemic due to the highly contagious Delta variant, do you think maybe that’s the biggest problem?
Linked to COVID, of course, is the issue of the face mask mandates that districts across the state are grappling with. A recent school board meeting in Cheyenne revealed strong opinions on this topic, and similar discussions were taking place statewide.
Then again, the long-term challenges of funding Wyoming schools continue to loom, as the legislature, in the view of many, simply “kicked the road” in its 2021 session. with the Wyoming House and Senate unable to reach agreement on a funding solution.
Critical breed theory is a hot topic not only in Wyoming but across the country. State Superintendent Jillian Balow has spoken out against the CRT, but many parents suspect that teaching theory is or will be introduced through textbooks or other means. But CRT supporters say it’s important to honestly teach the nation’s history, in which they say racism has played a central role. Opponents say the CRT is truly anti-American and, in some cases, racist.
Or maybe you think schools are being asked to deal with too many social issues instead of just teaching academics? Or maybe you think the biggest problem is something else entirely?
Take our survey and give us your opinion!