Wyoming may not be equipping the next generation well enough.

We don’t hear leaders and parents talk enough about the value of school. We can’t necessarily blame students for thinking there’s big money to be made by dropping out. In many cases, there are jobs that pay well because of the physical demands and the number of hours. But there’s only so many years a body can endure tough physical labor. And, there’s a definite ceiling to earning potential. But how would a 16-year-old or 17-year-old know that?

That’s why the problem is bigger than just a seemingly dysfunctional state education system. In many respects, the issue isn’t just one for lawmakers or local school boards.

The issue is one for communities.

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