Cindy Hill, State Superintendent, talks with one of the area residents who attended the town hall meeting Tuesday night in Lyman, PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis
By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
LYMAN — Wyoming State Superintendent Cindy Hill stands tall as an advocate for Wyoming students and teachers when she speaks about education in Wyoming.
Hill held a town hall meeting Tuesday night in the Lyman Town Hall and again met with me in the Pioneer office Wednesday morning.
Approximately 40 people attended the meeting.
Hill’s mantra, “quality education,” surfaced to the forefront both times, several times. She also recognized teachers are professionals who take the minds of school children on the path of learning.
Hill talked about the cohesiveness of Wyoming communities, family values, family involvement.
At the town hall meeting, Hill said didn’t vote for the Common Core standards. The standards are a target, which the state has adopted. Hill said she felt Wyoming could have developed its own standards, which would have held education to a higher level. As for the assessments that accompany the Common Core, Hill was adamant Wyoming needed to stand up for itself. By accepting the assessments, Hill said, the state was allowing something else to dictate to Wyoming.
Ron Micheli, chairman of the board of the State Department of Education, said he didn’t think people knew what Common Core was about when it first surfaced. He also said, there was “no indication at this point” if the state was going to adopt the Smarter Balance, the assessment part of the Common Core.
In reference to Common Core and the assessments, Lyman School board chair Jim Eyre said the problem is it “centralizes that power somewhere besides here. You loose control.”
Hill said Star Valley had taken a stand against Common Core. She encouraged
those at the meeting to let their legislators know their positions on Common Core.
Wyoming was on the Common Core bandwagon, Hill said, when she assumed the office of superintendent in January 2011.
She equated her reticence in support of the Common Core as part of the problems she had encountered with the state leadership.
Though there was both supporters and opposition to the Common Core at the town hall meeting, more people raised their hands in opposition.
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