CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education is seeking public comment on proposed Chapter 45 rules: Special Education Out-of-District Placement Appropriation.

The comment period is open now through July 19.

During the 2018 legislative session, a bill directed the Education Department to develop rules for the distribution of $2 million to make payments to school districts for out-of-district placements of special education students. The Wyoming Legislature appropriated additional funds in an attempt to lessen the burden placed on school districts to pay for high-cost special education students, while under the limits of the cap on spending for special education services.

Chapter 45 rules and regulations were drafted as a result of this legislation.

Comments can be submitted online or mailed to: Wyoming Department of Education, Attn: Trystin Green, 122 W. 25th St., Suite E200, Cheyenne, WY 82002.

All public comments will be recorded verbatim, including the submitter’s name and city of residence on the Secretary of State’s website. When commenting, specify which section of the rule the comment concerns.

In addition, the department will hold a public hearing on the proposed rules from 6-8 p.m. July 18 in the Laramie County School District 1 boardroom, 2811 House Ave., Cheyenne.

Anyone who wishes to join the public hearing and provide public comment via the virtual conference platform Zoom, must register by noon Wednesday, July 17. The public also may attend the meeting to make their comments, and no registration is required to attend the meeting in person.

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