The Wyoming State Legislature has issued a White Paper, or in other words, a bipartisan, authoritative report, which details the events that led up to the restructuring of the state's educational system. The document begins by stating Senate File 104, which essentially stripped Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, of most of her powers and duties within the Department of Education, has been largely mischaracterized in the media.
The paper provides a detailed history of the position of an Educational Superintendent, pointing out that the position did not have established responsibilities when it was created, and has since gone through many modifications over the years.
The paper affirms, “No agency head or member of the executive branch, even one who is an elected official, can hijack an agency and fail to implement the laws passed by the 90 members of the legislature and signed by the governor.”
The paper says the 2013 legislature found the Department of Education was not in compliance with state laws due to its leadership, and legal modifications to Hill's position were based on this fact.
The legislature published the White Paper because the issues surrounding Superintendent Hill's job modification do not conveniently fit into the “soundbite” format of news. To read the document in its entirety, click here.