CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A district judge in Cheyenne has rejected state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill's request to have her powers and duties immediately restored. Judge Thomas Campbell on Wednesday refused to issue a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit Hill has filed challenging the constitutionality of her job changes.
Campbell also sent the lawsuit directly to the Wyoming Supreme Court for further action. The Legislature and Gov. Matt Mead approved a law this winter taking away many of the superintendent's powers and duties. It included replacing the superintendent as administrative head of the state Education Department with a director appointed by the governor. The superintendent remains a statewide elected official. Advocates of the law say the change was necessary because Hill was hindering school reform and doing a poor job of running the department.