It’s decision time in the Wyoming House of Representative on whether to make major changes in the duties and responsibilities of the state superintendent of public instruction.
The measure was debated on the House floor for two days last week and faced a vote. It has already passed the state Senate.
The bill would replace the elected superintendent as head of the state education department with a director appointed by the governor. The superintendent would remain an elected state officer with some education duties.
The proposal has become one of the most contested issues in the session.
Proponents say the bill would improve delivery of K-12 education and save the state’s school reform effort.
Opponents are concerned about increasing the governor’s power and diminishing voter influence on education policy.
A version of this article appeared in the January 30, 2013 edition of Education Week as Wyo. House to Decide on State Chief’s Role