Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction
|Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013-2014 FY Budget:||$262,443,291|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 11|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
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|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditors: Auditor • Director • Superintendent of Education • • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
A new law signed on January 29, 2013 replaces the superintendent as head of the state Department of Education with a director appointed by the governor. Superintendent Cindy Hill filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the measure. The position of superintendent remains but is no longer head of the DOE.
Click here to view the full Senate file text of the law.
The current officeholder is Cindy Hill (R). She was first elected in 2010.
Article 4, Section 11:
|There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislature, a secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction...|
|There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislature, a secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction, who shall have attained the age of twenty-five (25) years respectively, shall be citizens of the United States, and shall have the qualifications of state electors...|
- at least twenty-five (25) years of age
- a citizen of the United States
- qualified as an elector in the state of Wyoming
The office of superintendent of public instruction is elected every four years, in mid-term election years. In Wyoming, superintendent of public instruction elections are held in 2010, 2014, and 2016.
Article 4, Section 7 of the state constitution grants the governor the authority to fill any office that becomes vacant, so long as there is not already a constitutional or legal method for filling the vacancy.
The specific duties of the superintendent are outlined in Title 21, Chapter 2, Article 2 of the Wyoming state code:
- Make rules and regulations, consistent with this code, as may be necessary or desirable for the proper and effective administration of the state educational system and the statewide education accountability system pursuant to W.S. 21-2-204;
- Consult with and advise the state board, local school boards, local school administrators, teachers and interested citizens, and seek in every way to develop public support for a complete and uniform system of education for the citizens of this state;
- Maintain adequate files and records of matters pertaining to the business of his office;
- Enforce the provisions of this code and the administrative rules and regulations provided for in this code, in accordance with procedures provided by law;
- Assist the state board in the performance of its duties and responsibilities, including providing information to the board upon request;
- Prepare and maintain a list of accredited schools in Wyoming;
- Print and distribute to local boards of trustees, local school administrators and other persons and agencies within or without the state the school laws, regulations, forms, necessary reports of the state board, state committee, state superintendent and state department.ï¿½ The state superintendent may require the payment of reasonable costs of publication, handling and postage by persons or agencies outside the state requesting publications and shall deposit all payments into the general fund;
In addition to these other duties, the superintendent is a member of the following boards:
- Montgomery Trust Fund for the Visually Impaired Board
- Wyoming Early Childhood Council
- Wyoming Workforce Development Council
- Wyoming Higher Education Assistance Authority
Duties changed by legislature
On January 25, 2013, the Wyoming State Legislature passed a bill stripping the superintendent of most administrative duties. Gov. Matt Mead (R) signed it into law on January 29. The superintendent was removed as head of the Department of Education and replaced by Jim Rose, an interim director appointed by the governor. The position of superintendent will remain but be separate from the Department of Education.
After he had finished signing the bill, Superintendent Cindy Hill served Governor Mead with a lawsuit arguing the move was unconstitutional as it violates the consent of the people and nullifies their vote.
In response to the changes, the Wyoming Constitution Party is seeking to put a referendum on the 2014 general election ballot that would restore the duties to the superintendent. The party submitted petitions on May 28, 2013. In order to make the ballot, 37,606 valid signatures are necessary. The Secretary of State has 60 days to check the petitions.
The budget for the Department of Education in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is $262,443,291.
Wyoming Department of Education
2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050
- Wyoming Star Tribune, "Wyoming Gov. Mead signs superintendent bill into law; Hill sues," January 29, 2013
- Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 11
- Billings Gazette, "Legislature passes Wyoming school chief duties bill," January 25, 2013
- Casper Star Tribune, "Group files Wyoming superintendent petition signatures," May 29, 2013
- Wyoming Department of Administration and Information, "Department Budget Summary Department of Education 2013-2014," Accessed April 2, 2013
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved May 14, 2011