Year of Transition Ahead for Wyoming Schools

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The school year that starts in September will be one of transition for schools in Wyoming.

Tom Sachse, who is an assistant superintendent with Sheridan County School District 2, said the state's schools will begin implementing a new federal program for the 2016-17 school year, with the program to be fully implemented the year after that.

Sachse talked about the new program Monday following a luncheon work session of the school district's board of trustees.

He earlier told school trustees that the new program reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. He told trustees earlier that the new federal bill repeals 49 programs and prohibits federal mandates of any curriculum standards. He talked about what the state's likely next step will be in implementing the new program.

The assistant superintendent said Congress felt that the states should be able to impose their own standards rather than following federal mandates. Sheridan County School District 2 owns and operates the public schools in the city of Sheridan and Story Elementary School in Story.