Balow Looking At Wyoming Civics Education
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow says she is looking at how civics education is being taught in state schools.
Balow says that while the state constitution requires that state students are taught about civics "Unfortunately civics is one of those things that is wide open to interpretation."
She says that while her department has been asking schools and school districts for assurances that civics is being taught, because exactly what that means is unclear it's hard to say exactly what is being taught.
She says her office is working right now to narrow the definition of civics education ''so that we can be sure that students are learning the same things about civics across the state in every school."
Balow says at this point she doesn't know whether that is happening "but we're not sure that it is."
Balow also says parents who don't feel civics is being properly taught in their local schools need to contact their local school boards. Balow says that while statewide standards can be set, the actual curriculum of classes being taught "needs to be set at the local level."
Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray has said he is disappointed in the voter turnout among people 18-24 in Wyoming, which has been around 10 percent in recent elections.
Murray organized a "Youth Voter Summit' which was held last week in Laramie. Balow was among those who attended the event.