Consultants recommend more money for Wyoming K-12 schools

MGN Online

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Consultants reviewing Wyoming's K-12 public education funding say the state needs to spend over $50 million more a year over current levels.

Wyoming spends over $1 billion a year on its schools.

In the face of declining state revenues, lawmakers last year decided to hire consultants to look at how the state was spending its money on education. Some lawmakers believe the state is spending too much and can cut education spending.

The Legislature convenes its budget session on Feb. 12 in Cheyenne.

The interim Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration will meet later this month to consider the consultants' report.

Republican Sen. Hank Coe of Cody is co-chairman of the select committee. He says Wyoming provides significantly higher funding for schools than other states in the region.