State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill is firing back at a legislative report released yesterday alleging she misused public funds and established a culture of fear and intimidation at Wyoming Department of Education.
Hill says the allegations in the report are untrue—and describes the report as a political attack.
"There’s no foundation," said Hill. "There are no facts. This is all hearsay—rewound, republished—for political end. The Governor is hoping to win an election. He’s desperate. And I just smile and say, ‘Really?’"
A special legislative committee investigating Wyoming schools Superintendent Cindy Hill released a scathing report Tuesday concluding she failed to follow legislative funding directives and demanded rank-and-file education department staff to demonstrate personal loyalty to her.
Hill has 15 days to respond before the committee will issue its final report, probably before the end of the month.
The Legislature's Joint Education Committee is moving forward with an effort to study alternative ways to manage the Wyoming Department of Education and will seek input from education stakeholders and the public in that process.
State Superintendent Cindy Hill says if she is elected governor she will push good government measures to make it easier for the public to get documents, she also plans to address conflicts of interest that she sees in government.
Hill will run as a Republican. She said that she got into the race because she said Governor Matt Mead exceeded his authority of governor when he signed the law that removed her as the head of the Department of Education.
The Wyoming Department of Education is urging citizens to serve on a science standards review committee.
Previous science standards generated controversy because they addressed subjects like climate change and evolution. The Department is attempting to get more public involvement in developing a new set of standards. State Superintendent Cindy Hill says that too few citizens were invited to participate last time.
A Wyoming legislative committee is in no rush to re-visit the controversy over who should run the State Department of Education.
Joint Education Committee members asked that a bill be drafted to restore all powers to State Superintendent Cindy Hill after the Supreme Court ruled that the legislature erred in taking away her ability to oversee K through 12 education in the state.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill will soon be returning to lead the Wyoming Department of Education. Unless you’ve been under rock, you know that the Superintendent had her ability to oversee the department removed by the legislature and the governor last year.
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill is rejecting an offer from the state attorney general to narrow the scope of a court case that has to be resolved before she can return to running the state education department.
Hill said Tuesday the state constitution is not negotiable.
Hill filed suit challenging a state law enacted last year that removed her as head of the state education department. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled in January the law is unconstitutional.
A District Court Judge has asked for more information before he issues an order allowing State Superintendent Cindy Hill to resume her duties as head of the Wyoming Department of Education.
In January, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that a 2013 law that removed the elected superintendent as department head was unconstitutional. Laramie County District Court Judge Thomas Campbell ordered attorneys for the state and Hill to file written analyzes over the next three weeks on whether any parts of the law are constitutional. Senator Hank Coe of Cody says that’s good news.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill made a brief appearance at the State Department of Education in an effort to reclaim her job. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that a law that removed many of Hill’s duties is unconstitutional.
Hill walked into the Department Monday morning with two of her staff members. After those staff members met with Education Director Rich Crandall she left the building.
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill says she intends to resume her job leading the state department of education on Monday.
Lawmakers stripped Hill of many of her duties last year and removed her as the head of the department, but the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that the move was unconstitutional. A District Court still must certify the ruling, but Hill told reporters today she’s ready to go back to work.
The Wyoming House of Representatives will not debate a bill that was supposed to resolve issues arising from a Supreme Court ruling concerning the duties of Superintendent Cindy Hill.
House Floor Leader Kermit Brown decided to let the bill die, saying it was premature and would take too long to debate.
"The courts are not done with the process, the audit's not done, there are a lot of things not done. The bill's premature and it was gonna take a lot of time we didn't have, so I just stopped where I stopped."
The legislature is scheduled to wrap up this week.
After a lengthy debate the State Senate approved a bill setting up a super committee to address a Supreme Court ruling about the duties of State Schools Superintendent Cindy Hill. The legislature passed a law last year that removed Hill’s authority to manage the State Department of Education among other things. The court ruled that law unconstitutional. Some lawmakers want to see if either the Supreme Court or a District Court will help them fix their law. But Senator Phil Nicholas says that lawmakers should be prepared to move forward without any additional guidance.
The Wyoming Senate is continuing to work on a bill that will set up a so-called super committee to attempt to fix the law that took powers away from Superintendent Cindy Hill. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that in particular Hill should run the Department of Education and not an appointed Director.
During debate on the bill Senator Curt Meier of LaGrange suggested that the Senate provide specific suggestions to the committee.
The Wyoming Senate has given initial approval to a bill allowing the legislature to work on a solution to the Supreme Court ruling that declared the removal of duties from Superintendent Cindy Hill unconstitutional.
The attorney general is appealing the ruling, but the bill would allow a group of legislators to address the constitutional issues raised by the court. Senator Curt Meier worried that language in the bill giving the legislative committee 90 days to find a solution could draw out the process. But Senate President Tony Ross says the goal is to move quickly.
The Wyoming Senate Rules Committee has passed a bill that would let a group of legislators work on amending the bill that took away the bulk of powers from the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The Supreme Court declared the so-called Hill bill unconstitutional, and now the legislature must fix it.
Cheri Steinmetz with the Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming testified against the bill, saying it's time the legislature stopped wasting money on the issue. But Senator Chris Rothfuss says the bill is necessary to resolve the management of the state's public school system.
The Wyoming Senate reconsidered and passed a bill that would set up a special committee to review the recent Supreme Court decision about Superintendent Cindy Hill.
The court ruled that removing Hill's responsibility to run the Department of Education was unconstitutional. The committee would be tasked with coming up with legislation to respond to the ruling, possibly in a special legislative session.
The Senate at first rejected the bill, but reconsidered after lunch and passed it. Senator Chris Rothfuss says that some education took place during the lunch break.
A panel of Wyoming lawmakers is drafting a bill that could lead to a special legislative session to deal with fallout from the state Supreme Court decision in the superintendent of public instruction case.
The state Supreme Court ruled 3-2 last week that a law enacted last year that took away many of the superintendent's duties was unconstitutional. The court said the Legislature went too far.
The state of Wyoming is asking the Wyoming Supreme Court to consider a rehearing over its ruling concerning State Superintendent Cindy Hill.
The Court ruled three to two this week that taking away her power to run the State Department of Education was unconstitutional. Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael asked for the re-hearing Thursday.
He said in a quote “After reviewing the opinion, the concurrence, and the dissent, I believe additional consideration is merited,” unquote.
If a rehearing is granted the Supreme Court could stay its ruling.
The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled that removing State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill as the head of the Department of Education is unconstitutional.
The decision means that Hill will return to lead the agency and the future of new Director of Education Rich Crandall remains unclear. A beaming Hill called the law that removed many of her powers as a misguided and unfortunate mistake. Despite some controversy surrounding her management of employees, Hill is excited to return.
A divided Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled that a new law stripping many powers and duties from the state superintendent of public instruction is unconstitutional.
The court's 3-2 ruling Tuesday came in a lawsuit by Republican state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill challenging the law enacted a year ago by the GOP-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Matt Mead.
The law took effect in the middle of Hill's four-year term. The superintendent remained one of the five statewide elected officials but no longer oversaw the Wyoming Department of Education.
State Superintendent of Schools Cindy Hill denied that her office inappropriately used federal money, denied that they hid documents from legislators, and didn’t understand why some of her employees feared for their jobs.
An accounting supervisor with the Wyoming Department of Education told a legislative committee that he had serious concerns about spending within the Department, but that State Superintendent of Education Cindy Hill and others ignored him.
The committee is investigating charges of wrongdoing against Hill. Trent Carroll had particular concerns about what he called inappropriate spending of federal money, and he said he shared that with his supervisor, who passed the concerns along to Hill and one of her senior staff members.
A former supervisor with the Wyoming Education Department is accusing Schools Superintendent Cindy Hill of misusing federal money and improperly implementing a reading program when she ran the department.
A special Wyoming House Committee is holding hearings this week to determine if Hill committed any impeachable offenses. Gail Eisenhauer testified that Hill and her leadership team were difficult to work for.
Next week a select investigative committee will meet to take testimony about how Schools Superintendent Cindy Hill ran the State Department of Education. The three-day hearing starts Monday in Cheyenne.
Superintendent Hill has been accused of misusing state and federal money and of mistreating employees, all charges that Hill denies.
Committee members will take testimony on all of these topics as they determine if Hill did anything that would merit impeaching her.
As lawmakers wrap up their investigation of State Superintendent Cindy Hill, Hill says she’s done nothing wrong. A special legislative committee is currently reviewing claims that Hill misspent money when she was in charge of the State Department of Education, an allegation she denies. Hill contends that lawmakers investigating the charges have not let her see evidence or allowed her to respond.
It’s been a long year for State Superintendent Cindy Hill. After legislators determined that she was undermining some of their education reform efforts, they voted to take away her ability to run the state department of education and assigned her to less essential tasks.
Later a report suggested mistreatment of employees, possible misuse of the state aircraft, and misuse of Department of Education money. That last piece is being investigated by a legislative committee who is trying to determine if impeachment charges should be brought against Hill.
The Wyoming legislature’s management council voted unanimously today/Tuesday to provide 100-thousand dollars to a special committee investigating State Superintendent Cindy Hill.
Hill is accused of mismanaging federal funds, abusing state resources, and creating a hostile work environment. Hill has denied the allegations.
Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau says they need extra help to complete what he says is a complicated investigation. Normally the Legislative Service Office helps lawmakers with this work, but he says the L-S-O is limited by law in what they can do.