An old Chinese proverb opines, “Never write a letter while you are angry.”
And, evidently, such an admonition is equally applicable to the composition of senate bills. At least that’s how Republican Representative Hans Hunt views Senate File 0104, which, in the words of the bill itself, is designed to establish “the position of director of the department of education by statute” and to transfer “duties from the state superintendent to the director of the state department of education.” In other words, the bill would abolish the elected position of state superintendent in favor of a department director appointed by the governor.
According to Hunt, while the bill is being promoted as an effort to “stabilize education governance” in Wyoming, it is actually being guided by anger towards State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill. More specifically, sponsors of the bill contend that Hill has not acted in accordance with legislative directives on agency expenditures and education accountability measures.
Hunt stated that the present contention with Hill represents one more installment in an ongoing pattern of conflicts with those who have been elected as state superintendents. Needless to say, this continual relational turbulence has engendered resentment towards state superintendents. Hill is merely the proverbial final straw, so-to-speak. Senate File 0104, says Hunt, legislatively expresses decision-makers’ overall frustration with Wyoming’s state superintendents.
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