Education leader supports decision to hire consulting firm



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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming education leader is showing support for lawmakers' decision to bring a Denver-based consultant firm to analyze how the state pays for schools.

Executive Director of the Wyoming School Board Association Brian Farmer told the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2u2agwk ) that the firm has a good reputation and is familiar with the work it did in Maryland, Michigan and Alaska.

According to Farmer, the firm does not come into states and dictate what they should do. He says in Maryland, the firm repeatedly went to educators for input.

Wyoming lawmakers said school officials will have the opportunity to conduct their own evaluation of the funding model, but the firm's review will take higher priority.

The Tribune report says the firm's review could result in an overhaul of the state's funding model.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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