The special legislative committee investigating Wyoming schools Superintendent Cindy Hill has released a final report sharply criticizing her performance.
The report released Wednesday concludes Hill failed to follow legislative budget directives and intentionally violated the law by requiring permanent Education Department employees to certify she could fire them at any time.
Lawmakers passed a bill removing Hill as head of the state Education Department last year but the Wyoming Supreme Court reinstated her early this year. Hill, who's seeking the Republican nomination for governor in next month's GOP primary, said Wednesday she regards the legislative report as a smear campaign. Hill says the fact the Legislature is merely rebuking her, and not trying to impeach her, means lawmakers can't prove she did anything wrong.