Trent Blankenship runs again for schools job

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Former Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Trent Blankenship has filed to run again for the office. Blankenship resigned as superintendent in June 2005, citing time away from his family and political fights with Gov. Dave Freudenthal.

Blankenship worked as a school superintendent in Alaska after leaving Wyoming. He's been back in Wyoming since March 2009, working as an instructional facilitator at the Wyoming Indian School in Pavillion.

He says he's running for the office again because he disagrees with how his successor, Jim McBride, has handled it.

Blankenship says he wants to reduce the size of the Wyoming Department of Education, end an unpopular student assessment test and return schools to local control.