School Funding Concerns

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Does Wyoming spend too much funding education? Sheridan Media Reporter Rustin Burr brings us the thoughts of one local Legislator on the matter.

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The amount of money spent on K-12 funding in Wyoming has been a subject of concern for some, particularly when compared to the money appropriated in other states. Now Wyoming Legislators will need to decide how to cover a more than $200 million deficit. Local Representative for House District 29 Mark Kinner responds to the question, does the state spend too much funding education.

Estimates are that the deficit for funding education is between $250-$300 million dollars and could grow in the coming years. K-12 appropriations are made through the utilization of block grants, the amounts of which are determined by a number of factors addressed by a funding model.