Charter School Choice
Do state statutes allow for charter schools?
Are for-profit charters allowed?
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."
Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?
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.
Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?
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.
Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?
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."
Wyo. Stat. § 21-3-308. (h) Hearing by local board; prohibited actions by local board; criteria; compliance with state standards; state board review; contractual authority.
Wyo. Stat. § 21-7-303.(a-d) Certificate or permit required; exception
Virtual School Choice
Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?
Students in Wyoming may attend virtual school full-time: "'Full-time virtual education' means more than fifty percent (50%) of the required educational program is provided through virtual education by a school district established pursuant to the laws of this state."
Are virtual schools required to track attendance?
"...a school district providing full-time virtual education shall...[m]aintain the student’s records within the district’s permanent student data system including equivalent attendance as specified by department rule and regulation..."
Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?
Virtual education teachers must meet state certification requirements.
Private School Choice
Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?
No voucher programs found.
Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?
No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.
Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?
Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?
Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?
Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?
Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?
Interdistrict School Choice
Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?
A student may attend a school out of district if desired and if it is more convenient or desirable because of services available.
Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?
A school district has to pay for transportation when it does not have a high school and must send its residents to another district.
Wyo. Stat. § 21-4-501. (a) Payment of tuition for children resident in districts which maintain no high school; admission of children to high schools in other districts; state board approval for out-of-state placements; duties of admitting districts; tuition amount.