CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Senate has approved legislation removing the state superintendent of public instruction as administrative head of the state Department of Education.
Under Senate File 104, the agency would be run by a new director appointed by the governor. The superintendent would remain on various state boards and commissions and retain some education related duties.
The Senate passed the bill on a 20-10 vote Wednesday and sent it to the House for consideration.
Supporters of the proposal say it would entrust delivery of Wyoming's K-12 public education into the hands of a professional administrator and put the state's education reform efforts back on track. Opponents question giving the governor more power and making such a major change in the responsibility of a statewide elected official.