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Does Wyoming education prepare children for the future? Governor’s ‘RIDE’ advisory group seeking ideas from the public

Automotive students at Pathways Innovation Center. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — “Do you feel that the current way we educate children prepares them for the future?”

That is one question members of the public are being asked to answer in a new survey from Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s Reimagining and Innovating the Delivery of Education (RIDE) Advisory Group.

“When specifically thinking about ‘reimagining and innovating the delivery of education,’ what exciting and innovative ideas do you have as we continue to educate the children of Wyoming?” the survey asks.

The governor’s office announced the formation of the RIDE Advisory Group in May 2021. The group was tasked with studying and developing recommendations to improve Wyoming’s primary and secondary education system “into a position of national leadership.” The new survey announced Monday aims to gather public input and ideas toward those efforts.

“We want to hear from everyone who cares about Wyoming’s K-12 education system — parents, students, educators and employers,” Gordon said in Monday’s press release. “We want their opinions about what it is we’d like our schools to be able to deliver for our students.”

“There is more to examine about our education system than just its cost. That is what I would like the RIDE group to look at, and a key component of that effort is gathering input from Wyomingites.”

People can respond to the survey online.

The governor’s office added that the RIDE Advisory Group will host community listening sessions in late spring and summer at locations across Wyoming. Members of the advisory group include:

  • State Representative Evan Simpson
  • State Senator R.J. Kost
  • John Masters
  • Craig Dougherty
  • David Northrup
  • Jill Bramlet
  • Fred von Ahrens
  • Brian Worthen
  • Nicole Novotny
  • Thea True Wells

“Additional information on the RIDE Advisory Group and a link to the survey can be found on the group’s website,” Gordon’s office said.