Wyoming Legislature

Though the Wyoming Constitution precludes the payment of school vouchers, some lawmakers tried to mandate that school districts reimburse families who homeschool or send their kids to private school.

House Bill 106 attempted to give families the lesser of their actual expenses or 50% of the amount the district receives per student. Local school districts would have paid those funds to families out of the money they get from the state as part of the foundation block grant model.

School choice advocates are strongly in favor of voucher or reimbursement systems (which are effectively the same thing under different names), though districts say they would gut public school funding and transfer taxpayer dollars to private institutions.

On Wednesday, the bill died in a resounding no vote. Just two committee members supported the bill, while seven voted against it.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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