Bill drops alternative school moratorium

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The House Education Committee has endorsed a bill that would lift an eight-year moratorium on funding new alternative schools.

House Bill 3 was approved unanimously Wednesday. It will have to pass three hearings in front of the full House before it can advance to the state Senate.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports there are 15 public alternative schools in the state. The schools serve students who have dropped out previously, at-risk children and teens.

But no public alternative schools have been built since 2006 when the Legislature imposed the moratorium because some alternative schools were trying to get money for purposes that didn't fit their mission.

Rep. John Freeman, D-Green River, said the Joint Education Committee has worked to develop criteria to make sure only proper alternative schools get approval.

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