Educators from Wyoming will join nearly 9000 delegates from around the nation to discuss issues facing schools across the country at this year’s National Education Association’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly. The meeting will take place in Denver June 26 through July 6. 

We really focus on what is best for the students, and no matter where you live we all want to have the best public education for every student.

Kathy Vetter, President of the Wyoming Education Association, says the purpose of the meeting is to debate different issues seen in public education and to set policy and a direction for the upcoming year.

Vetter says that despite having representatives from all 50 states and some from other countries, it is not difficult to come to an agreement when it comes to education.

“We really focus on what is best for the students, and no matter where you live we all want to have the best public education for every student,” Vetter said about the assembly.

Some topics that will be discussed include common core state standards, teachers as leaders, school safety and standardized testing. In addition to these topics, Vetter says any of the delegates can bring a new item to discuss.

While common core state standards will be a discussion topic, Vetter says the implementation of these standards will likely not have a great impact on Wyoming. That is because the state has gradually been implementing these standards, which she says raises the bar on math and language arts to better prepare students for the workforce or higher education.

For more information visit the National Education Association website at www.nea.org.