Wyoming Officials Feud Over Who Calls Shots on K-12
Law empowering governor draws political pushback, lawsuit from state schools chief
When Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed legislation last month that rendered elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill mostly powerless, she did more than file a lawsuit to fight back: She announced the next day that she would run for Mr. Mead's job in 2014.
The decision to effectively end Ms. Hill's power over the state's public schools illustrates the perils and complications, both political and practical, of a plan legislators initially approved two years ago to overhaul Wyoming's education system.
The move has also shaken up the state's political environment, as Mr. Mead joins the ranks of governors who, in recent years, have moved to consolidate their authority and influence over education...
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