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Former President Donald Trump ran for office on Friday, endorsing Brian Schroeder, Wyoming’s superintendent of public education.

Gov. Mark Gordon appointed Schroeder to the position in January after former superintendent Jillian Barrow resigned to take up a similar job in Virginia. I am running for election against 3 Republicans and 1 Democrat.

Another former Republican candidate, Thomas Kelly, dropped out of the race on Monday to vote for Schroeder.

“Brian is the only candidate to try to influence the federal government in Wyoming through monetary policy, and he has a better chance of winning than I do,” Kelly told the Star Tribune on Tuesday. It made no sense for me to stay here because of my personal ego.”

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Republican state superintendent of education candidate Thomas Kelly dropped out of the race to vote for incumbent Brian Schroeder.

Schroeder is the former principal of Veritas Academy, a private Christian school in Cody, and has experience as a home and youth coordinator, teacher and administrator in private schools in California, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming.

he is very conservative He is calling on Wyoming to enact legislation similar to Florida’s parental authority law in education. The law, among other things, “prohibits classroom discussions about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grades.” He advocates for stronger parental controls in public schools. He opposes the teaching of critical race theory (which is not currently taught in Wyoming public schools).

In addition to Trump, Schroeder also has endorsements from U.S. gun owners and Montana’s superintendent of public education, Elsie Arnzen.

“Brian Schroeder sought the approval of Superintendent Arntsen, and during their discussions, he promised to work with her on her priorities as she worked to bring the focus of her education back to basics. .

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Members of the community were able to hear from the Republican candidate for Wyoming superintendent of education at an election forum in Casper. Below are the candidate’s take on some issues.

Schroeder addressed Arntzen and the state superintendents of North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida, and Texas regarding the May update of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s non-discrimination policy, which includes protections against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. I got in touch.

The update requires all organizations funded by the Food and Nutrition Service, including Wyoming public schools, to “investigate allegations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation” and to “enforce non-discrimination policies and signs.” It should be updated to include prohibited items.” We oppose discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation,” he said in a USDA statement.

The update is intended to provide an avenue for LGBTQ+ people to file complaints if they experience discrimination by or within the Food Nutrition Service program, a USDA spokesperson previously told Star-Tribune. Told.

Emails show disconnect between principal's public statement and private instruction

A Wyoming school leader suggested federal nondiscrimination updates on gender and sexual orientation would affect pronouns and locker rooms, but the guidance he received behind the scenes indicated otherwise. was

Schroeder condemned the update in several statements and called for the state of Wyoming to deny federal funding for nutrition programs.

“We categorically reject gender ideology and will not yield to the coercive will of the bully government,” he said in a statement.

Some teachers and organizations, including Wyoming Equality, the Wyoming Educational Association, and the ACLU of Wyoming, objected to Schroeder’s statement.

“Schools have a moral and legal obligation to follow the law and provide a safe learning environment for all students, and penalties for discriminating students on the basis that they are transgender are not of other kinds. The penalties for sexism are no different,” Libby Scullin, ACLU campaign director for Wyoming, said in a June statement.

The other Republican candidate in the superintendent race is Megan Degenfelder, former education sector chief policy officer and now manager of government and regulatory affairs at Morningstar Partners Oil & Gas, a Casper-based substitute. Jennifer Zerva, a teacher and hairdresser, and Robert White, an underground trona miner. .

A sixth-generation Wyoming native, Degenfelder has the endorsement of former state superintendent Judy Catchpole. She advocated “empowering parents as the number one voice in their children’s education,” increasing direct spending on classrooms, improving K-3 literacy, and “supporting anti-American curricula and policies.” I hope to fight back.”

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Zerva said parents and teachers need to work together to find alternatives when parents disagree with what their child is being taught. She is an advocate for preserving the educational opportunities the state already provides, getting more attention, and making schools more financially transparent.

White is the only candidate with no educational background, a trait he previously mentioned that enhances his ability to think outside the box. He was formerly an amphibious assault vehicle crew chief and a Marine corporal. His top priority is working on school safety.

In addition to Schroeder, Trump also endorsed another Wyoming candidate, land attorney Harriet Hageman, who is at odds with Rep. Liz Cheney for Wyoming’s only House seat.

The primaries will end on August 16th. The winning Republican superintendent of schools then faces Democratic candidate Sergio Maldonado in the general election. Sergio Maldonado is a member of the Northern Arapaho Nation and has served as a teacher, college administrator, and board member of the Board of Education. Arizona and Wyoming. He also served as a member of the National Advisory Board on Indian Education under former President George HW Bush and served as a liaison with the Northern Arapaho Tribe under former Governor Matt Meade. Maldonado is endorsed by the Wyoming Educational Association.