Education panel tasked with superintendent case

By: AP
By: AP
A state legislative committee is being tasked with trying to come up with solutions to a recent state Supreme Court ruling involving the powers of the state superintendent of public instruction.

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2010 file photo, Cindy Hill answers audience questions during a General Election Debate for Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Wyoming Union in Laramie, Wyo. In just over a year since becoming the state's top public education official, Hill is finding that the learning curve in managing a large government agency can be more challenging than in running a grade school. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean, File)

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - A state legislative committee is being tasked with trying to come up with solutions to a recent state Supreme Court ruling involving the powers of the state superintendent of public instruction.

The Supreme Court ruled in January that a law enacted last year taking away many of the superintendent's duties was unconstitutional.

Legislative leaders said the ruling came too late for lawmakers to address the matter during the current budget session, which is nearly done.

So the legislative Management Council on Wednesday gave the task to another legislative panel, the 14-member Joint Education Interim Committee. The committee consists of both the Senate and House education committees.

The Management Council set a tentative April 30 deadline for the committee to draft bills and possibly recommend a special session.

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