Following a legislative session that again centered around education at times, during an interview with Kim Love on Public Pulse this week, Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill answered a question regarding the controversial topics surrounding her office over the past year. She says that she's done the things she said she was going to do.
Among those controversies, Hill did her part in restructuring the department of education, eliminating the deputy director position altogether among other personnel changes. She said that the former deputy carried a nearly $160,000 salary and believed the public wanted more “reasonably salaried” positions with a focus on instruction. These instructional leaders (there are now three under Hill in the department hierarchy) were joined by John Masters last week, who will be working with school boards and superintendents to focus on accountability.
As for the role of the state superintendent's office in “Accountability in Education”?...She says that it's still yet to be determined following the legislative session, but she believes in working closely with school districts.
Signed into law by Gov. Matt Mead yesterday, Senate File 57 was a large piece of legislation and one of the non-budget themes of this year's legislature. It deals with preparing students for life after high school through things like fewer standardized tests. Hill says the bill is just in "phase two" and will require work in the interim to figure out specifics including determining consequences for under-performing school districts.