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Gov. Mead visits Wheatland High

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013

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WHEATLAND - Wheatland High School students greeted Gov. Matt Mead with applause when he came to visit the school last Thursday.

Mead cited the state's fiscally conservative tradition that allows Wyoming to support students in a way many other states cannot.

"For me, that is something well worth doing because as we look at society and see some of the struggles we have with the government...education is the foundation of solving many of those things," he said.

Mead shared his grandfather's story. He said Clifford Hansen was once told he couldn't be taught. The late Hansen became governor and U.S. Senator.

"The reason that story is important to me is it shows that education did that for him, and by doing that for him, he was able to do a lot of public service for many others," Mead said. He encouraged students to mirror his grandfather and always persevere.

A student asked Mead his opinion on federal Common Core education standards.

"From my standpoint, I don't necessarily care that it's Common Core," Mead replied. "I want rigorous standards. The reason I want rigorous standards is because I have confidence in you, the students. I have confidence in the teachers, I have confidence in the administration."

Mead said the state has not received any money to accept Common Core standards.

"I wasn't interested in money; I was interested in the education," he concluded.

Mead visited Chugwater Schools two years ago to talk to fifth- and sixth-graders about the U.S. Constitution.

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