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Wyoming Education Association sues the state, accuses it of ‘inadequate’ school funding

Natrona County School District and Central Regional Science Fair at Verda James Elementary. (Gregory Hirst/Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Education Association announced in a news release Thursday that it was suing the State of Wyoming for what the group said was a violation of the state constitution by the state’s “failing to fund public schools adequately.”

The association, a Cheyenne-based nonprofit that focuses on bettering public education in the state, said it had “exhausted possibilities” for making up a state funding deficit to education and was resorting to legal action as a result.

Noting that the Wyoming Supreme Court had “repeatedly upheld the state’s constitutional obligation to finance high-quality, fair, and equitable public education for every Wyoming student,” the association claims the state has not kept its school financing system current, such as by adjusting for inflation or adding necessary new items for public education.

The state’s Attorney General’s Office had not responded to a request for comment from Cap City News at the time of publication.

“Our students deserve better,” organization President Grady Hutcherson said. “WEA felt compelled to file this suit because the quality of education in our state is beginning to suffer. If the Legislature continues to violate our constitution by failing to fulfill their duty to fund our schools adequately, things will only continue to get worse.

“Kids can’t wait, they need their quality education now, and the WEA is committed to solving this problem as quickly as we can. Wyoming children and families are promised access to high-quality, equitable education. In too many ways, that promise is going unfulfilled. We are committed to seeking justice for our students.”