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Consultants recommend changes in Wyoming class sizes

December 19, 2017

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Consultants looking into Wyoming’s education funding crisis have produced a report that makes a number of suggestions, including increasing the number of students in each classroom.

However, their report does not detail how much the changes would cost compared to what the state spends now.

State school finance analyst Matt Willmarth tells the Casper Star-Tribune that the price of the consultant’s model will be provided by Jan. 12.

Besides increasing class sizes, the consultants suggest an examination of transportation and special education spending and reducing funding for assistant principals.

Currently, the state’s 48 districts receive their funding in a block grant based on a metric of their attendance. The money comes with few strings attached, allowing districts to spend their dollars largely at their own discretion.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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