Governor Gordon speaks on education in Wyoming during visit to Casper

Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 6:05 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Governor Mark Gordon has students, teachers, and education on his mind as Wyoming prepares to return to school.

Gordon visited Casper on August 8 to speak with the Rotary Club of Casper about current issues in Wyoming and his plans to address them. He then visited The Science Zone for a tour and to learn about their work promoting science in the Casper community and across the state.

“I am very anxious to see Wyoming grow and diversify its economy, and that means a piece of it is gonna be science, a piece of it is gonna be the community, it means we have to have a good education system,” said Gordon.

Earlier this year, Gordon and his K-12 education advisory group, RIDE, surveyed over 7,000 residents, highlighting the perceived strengths of Wyoming’s education system and areas of opportunity.

“What we’re hearing a lot from teachers in that process is they just have so many assessments and so many things to do that we’re hoping that we can refine that down to a manageable level and really let teachers do what they love to do which is to teach,” said Gordon.

Gordon says they are also working to address teacher retention and recruitment across the state. In June, a survey from the University of Wyoming’s College of Education and the Wyoming Education Association found that over half of teachers in Wyoming would quit if they could.

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