ERIC Number: ED177699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Issues of Sparsity in Providing Educational Opportunity in the State of Wyoming.
Hobbs, Max E.
Wyoming's funding programs for public education that relate to the issues of sparsity and the state's attempt to provide equal educational opportunity are reviewed. School district problems that relate to the issue of sparsity are also discussed. School district size in Wyoming ranges from the smallest district, by area, of 186 square miles to the largest district having 8,969 square miles. In 1978-79 Wyoming had 50 one-teacher schools and 20 two-teacher elementary schools. Primarily due to sparsity, public education in Wyoming costs more per pupil than in most other states. Isolated students need special programs to assure the opportunity of school attendance. The state makes allowance for the necessary extra cost in the state foundation program. Such consideration relates to moving expenses for parents, room and board provisions for students, mileage provision for parents who provide transportation, and, in some instances, the provision of tuition payments. Evidence that the secondary educational program in Wyoming is offering equal educational opportunities for academic achievement is shown by comparing the average Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores that were attained by the 6,074 seniors who graduated in 1978 to the national and Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming) average scores. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of School Business Officials (65th, Denver, CO, October 14-18, 1979)