Via the Billings Gazette: Proposal would require tribal education for Wyoming teachers

RIVERTON — A proposal from a Wyoming lawmaker would require the state’s teachers and administrators to receive three hours of training on tribal studies.

Republican Rep. Jim Allen of Lander said he might sponsor a bill with such requirements when the legislative session begins Feb. 8. He said he’s gathering community input on the draft before moving forward.

The bill is a response to efforts by schools on the Wind River Indian Reservation to encourage statewide adoption of an American Indian education component in public schools.

Allen says he volunteered to help because the issue is based in his legislative district.

Fort Washakie superintendent Terry Ebert said the draft bill doesn’t meet the initial goal because it does not require instruction for students.

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Call for Comment: Proposed Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria-State Tribal Education Partnership Program

The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education proposes priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program. The Assistant Secretary may use one or more of these priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and later years. We propose this action to enable tribal educational agencies (TEAs) to administer formula grant programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), and to improve the partnership between TEAs and the State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) that educate students from the affected tribe.

Comments are due by December 1, 2014

Follow the link here for further information or contact Shahla Ortega, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 3E211, Washington, DC 20202-6450. Telephone: (202) 453-5602 or by email: shahla.ortega@ed.gov.