The Chairmen of the Legislature’s Joint Education Committee are sponsoring legislation to improve the governance of Wyoming K-12 public education system. Senator Hank Coe and Representative Matt Teeters have offered Senate File 104 to create an appointed position to administer the Department of Education. Senator Coe comments on the proposed legislation.
The education improvement efforts started with the creation of a school finance model that provides over $1.3 billion each year for school district operations. The Legislature has also increased resources for the Wyoming Department of Education to ensure that staff has the institutional knowledge and skills to administer this complex system. Representative Teeters.
Senate File 104 would create a new director of the agency who would be appointed by the governor. Along with being sponsored by both chairmen of the state House and Senate education committees, the legislation is co-sponsored by all majority and minority legislative leaders.
Over the last several months, lawmakers have been extremely critical of Superintendent Cindy Hill's administration of the Education Department, in particular, education reform. Hill has been on record stating that her agency has met all of the deadlines and has done everything required in regard to education reform.