Lawmaker seeks list of all Wyoming educator names and salaries

Published: Dec. 13, 2019 at 8:07 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Education plans to release the names and salaries of every school district employee in the state in response to a state senator's request. Republican Sen. Tom James, of Rock Springs, says he wants the list so he can better understand state budgeting. James says he wants to see differences in pay between educators and administrators. He says he filed similar requests with other state agencies and is “not just picking on education.” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow plans to honor the request but not without questioning it. Balow says the list potentially puts the security and safety of educators at risk.

Balow says she’s a big believer in transparency in government and she will be fulfilling the request within 30 days.

“When we’re talking about tens of thousands of employees across the state who work for locally-elected boards in school districts, then it’s a little bit different of a request,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.