Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $262,443,291
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 11
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Cindy Hill.jpg
Name:  Cindy Hill
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  2011
Compensation:  $92,000
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction is an elected executive position in the Wyoming state government. Previously the chief education officer in the state, the superintendent's role is now largely ceremonial and includes minor advisory duties.

A new law signed on January 29, 2013 replaced 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.[1]

Click here to view the full Senate file text of the law.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Cindy Hill (R). She was first elected in 2010.

Authority

The superintendent of public instruction's authority is derived from Article 4 of the Wyoming Constitution.

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...

Qualifications

Article 4, Section 6 of the state constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

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

Vacancies

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.

Elections

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.

Term limits

There are no term limits for this office.[2]

Full History


Duties

2013-present

The specific duties of the superintendent are outlined in Title 21, Chapter 2, Article 2 of the Wyoming state code:[3]

  • The general supervision of the public schools shall be entrusted to the state superintendent as prescribed by law.
  • Not later than October 15 each year, the state superintendent shall prepare a report on the general status of all public schools for the legislature. The report shall include the quality of education including any proposed improvement to address any shortfalls, the relevance of education, the measurement of achievement of educational goals, the improvement of learning and any suggested innovations in education. The state superintendent may obtain information or data necessary for completion of the report through the liaison appointed by the director under W.S. 21-2-202(b). This shall include, as necessary, copies of the fiscal reports submitted by clerks of school districts under W.S. 21-3-117.
  • In addition to any other duties assigned by law, the state superintendent shall:
  • Adopt rules and regulations, consistent with this title, as may be necessary for the proper and effective general supervision of the public schools. Nothing in this section shall be construed to give the state superintendent rulemaking power or authority in any area specifically delegated to the state board, the state department of education or the director;
  • Administer and implement the "teacher of the year program," which shall include an unbiased, objective process to annually select the individual most deserving of the award and capable of serving on the board under W.S. 21-22-103;
  • By rule and regulation establish requirements for school district policies and training regarding the use of seclusion and restraint in schools as required under W.S. 21-3-110(a)(xxxi). The state superintendent shall review the policy of each district for compliance with the requirements of W.S. 21-3-110(a)(xxxi) and rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this paragraph. If the state superintendent determines that the policy is not in compliance under this paragraph the superintendent shall direct the board of trustees to revise the policy and shall, upon request, assist the board in the adoption of the policy;
  • To assist local school districts in developing protocols under W.S. 21-3-110(a)(xxxii) and develop model protocols for addressing risks associated with concussions and other head injuries resulting from athletic injuries. No district shall be required to adopt any part of the model protocols;
  • In consultation with the department of environmental quality and school districts, establish guidelines for school districts for the proper and safe storage and disposal of toxic chemicals and other hazardous substances used by schools in education programs;
  • Identify professional development needs for Wyoming schools and teachers based upon the analysis of the quality indicators specified under subsection (b) of this section, establish a plan to address the professional development needs, contract with necessary expertise to provide professional development to Wyoming certified teachers and conduct up to five (5) regional workshops each year providing the identified professional development needs.

Prior to 2013

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.[4]

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.[1]

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.[5]

The specific duties of the superintendent prior to 2013 were outlined in Title 21, Chapter 2, Article 2 of the Wyoming state code. They were as follows:

  • 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.� 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 was 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

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Department of Education in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is $262,443,291.[6]

Compensation

In 2010, the Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction was paid an estimated $92,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Education
2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050

Phone: 307-777-7690
Fax: 307-777-6234

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