2018 PPI Score
School Choice Score: 0%
Charter Schools Score: 62%
Wyoming’s weak charter school law earns the state a “D” in the national rankings. Districts are the only authorizers in Wyoming and the very low number of charter schools available to families is proof that districts are not strong advocates for charter schools. Furthermore, Wyoming law does not equitably fund charter schools.
- Law passed: 1995
- Number of charter schools: 4
- Estimated charter enrollment: 500 (0 percent change from 2015-16)
- There is no cap on the number of charter schools that can be authorized
- Virtual charter schools are permitted in Wyoming (though none exist)
- Schools are allowed to contract with CMOs and EMOs for management purposes
- Wyoming earns 3 of 15 points for “authorizing.” Only school districts can authorize charter schools in Wyoming, though appeals to the state Board of Education are available if and when districts make arbitrary or unfair decisions. The approach to authorizing limits autonomy and innovation in the charter sector.
- Wyoming earns 8 of 15 points for “growth.” Wyoming does not cap the number of charter schools, but its charter sector has seen no growth in recent years. A heavy regulatory environment prevents operators from establishing and expanding schools.
- Wyoming earns 8 out of 20 points for “operations.” Charters do not receive blanket waivers from regulations and are dependent on district authorizers and/or the state Board of Education to exempt them. It is therefore difficult for charters to behave differently than their district counterparts. Additionally, Charter school teachers must be certified in the same manner as traditional public school teachers, making it difficult for charter operators to assemble the staffs they desire.
- Wyoming earns 2 out of 15 points for “funding equity.” Wyoming law states that charter schools are entitled to 100 percent of the foundation program funding amount computed under state law, based on “average daily membership,” and 100 percent of the charter’s proportion of
major maintenance payments. However, there is no way to hold districts accountable to this statute. The state has no legal authority over local school boards and the manner in which they distribute funds to charter schools.
Teacher Quality Score: 65%
Delivering Well Prepared Teachers F
Expanding the Pool of Teachers D
Identifying Effective Teachers D-
Retaining Effective Teachers D+
Exiting Ineffective Teachers D+
Overall State Grade D