Member of the State Board of Education, Sue Belish, visited with Public Pulse host Kim Love and discussed the legislation on the floor some legislators say could improve the governance of Wyoming's K-12 education system.
State Superintendent of Public Education, Cindy Hill, has been vocal about Senate File 104, which would strip her of her duties by creating a new director of the Department of Education. The bill passed by a vote of 19-to-10 after a two-hour hearing on Monday afternoon.
As we previously reported, the director will be appointed by the governor.
Hill testified last week in front of legislators and said that she said she thought this was a power grab. Belish explains.
The chairmen of the Wyoming House of Representatives and Senate Education Committees sponsored the legislation, and was co-sponsored by all majority and minority leaders in the legislature.
Belish shares the concept behind the legislation.
Hill has been criticized by the Legislative Service Office, after they accused her of not properly preparing public school students for life after graduation - and not implementing sufficient education reform.
Governor Matt Mead will, if the bill passes the next round, appoint an interim Director of Education to replace Hill, eventually calling for a permanent Director of the Wyoming Department of Education by the first of December.