Much of the first week of the Wyoming Legislature has centered around Senate File 104, legislation that would remove the state superintendent of public instruction as administrative head of the state Department of Education. The WDE would be run by a director appointed by Governor Matt Mead. Now that the bill has passed three readings in the Senate, it will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Representative John Patton says that a move like this is something that has been in the works for a long time.
The superintendent would remain on various state boards and commissions and retain some education related duties. The Senate passed the bill on a 20-10 vote Wednesday.