Educators and their advocates on Monday demanded more respect from the Wyoming public and the Legislature. They also asked for mental health support and better pay for teachers.
Later in the day while meeting in Casper with the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee, the Joint Education Committee voted to send a $70 million request to Appropriations to increase school funding in response to inflation.
Advocates for Wyoming’s public education system, as well as one third grade teacher, testified before the Education Committee on Monday morning about hardships experienced currently by school staff.
“If you ask any educator they will tell you that they just want to be respected and trusted and valued,” said Kim Amen, a third grade teacher at Pioneer Park Elementary School in Cheyenne.