UW: $20 million to overhaul state system of producing teachers

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming's top education official says its plan to improve the College of Education will need $18 million to $20 million in initial funding to overhaul the state's system of producing teachers.

The Laramie Boomerang reports Ray Reutzel, the institution's dean of education, says the overhaul also would require $1 million annually in recurring funds.

Reutzel says the biggest adjustment his college needs is to make its students more ready to teach in Wyoming's classrooms.

A major part of the plan is the get rid of the conventional student teaching system in favor of yearlong internships at school districts.

As part of Reutzel's college's future curriculum, aspiring teachers will work with virtual simulators that put them in difficult teaching situations.

The university's Board of Trustees launched the Education Initiative in 2014.