Policy Map

Wyoming

School Choice Policy

Charter School Choice

Do state statutes allow for charter schools?

Are for-profit charters allowed?

Did not find:

No explicit mention: "A charter school shall be a public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, non home-based school. Tuition shall not be charged by a charter school."

21-3-304. (a) Charter school; requirements; authority.

Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?

Did not find:

We did not find information about caps on charter schools in Wyoming statutes. However, Education Commission of the States states that Wyoming does not have caps on charters.

Education Commission of the States 50 State Comparison

Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?

No:

No requirements. In its initial application, a charter must state how it plans to meet the transportation needs of its students and whether it plans to provide transportation for students.

21-3-307. (xx) Charter application; contents; phased-in application process.

Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?

Unclear:

Teachers employed on a full-time basis in the charter school system shall be subject to the same requirements with respect to certification by the Wyoming professional teaching standards board and other qualifications as any other teachers authorized to teach in Wyoming public schools.

21-7-303.(a-d) Certificate or permit required; exception:

"Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), (c) or (d) of this section, no person shall teach or supervise in a public school in this state and receive compensation therefor out of any public fund who at the time of rendering such services is not a holder of or a candidate and qualified for a certificate or permit issued or to be issued under the laws of this state and the rules and regulations of the Wyoming professional teaching standards board pursuant to W.S. 21-2-802...

b) Faculty members employed, even if for less than a calendar year, by any postsecondary education institution accredited by a regional accrediting agency may teach courses offered at a public high school in this state without holding or being qualified for a certificate or permit."

21-3-308. (h) Hearing by local board; prohibited actions by local board; criteria; compliance with state standards; state board review; contractual authority.
21-7-303.(a-d) Certificate or permit required; exception

Virtual School Choice

Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?

Did not find:

We did not find anything about virtual schools in Wyoming revised statutes. Education Commission of the States states that state law does not allow for virtual charter schools. However, Chapter 41 of the Wyoming Administrative Rules does discuss virtual education.

Wyoming Administrative Code: Chapter 41 Virtual Education.
Education Commission of the States 50 State Comparison

Are virtual schools required to track attendance?

Did not find

Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?

Did not find

Private School Choice

Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?

No:

No voucher programs found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?

No:

No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?

Not Applicable

Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?

Not Applicable

Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?

Not Applicable

Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?

Not Applicable

Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?

Not Applicable

Interdistrict School Choice

Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?

Yes:

A student may attend a school out of district if desired and if it is more convenient or desirable because of services available.

21-4-502. (a) Attendance in another district when convenient or desirable; admission of pupils resident in other districts; attendance for ADM computations specified.

Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?

Page last updated: January 2020

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