Wyoming District Judge rules Hill can return to duty.

By: KGWN/AP
By: KGWN/AP
A Wyoming district judge has entered a formal order finding that the bulk of a state law that passed last year stripping most duties from the state superintendent of public instruction is unconstitutional.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill talks about her decision to file a constitutional challenge to Senate File 104 at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Jan. 29. --Miranda Grubbs/Wyoming Tribune Eagle/AP

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN/AP) - Wyoming District judge Thomas Campbell in Cheyenne, has entered a formal order finding that the bulk of a state law that passed last year stripping most duties from the state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill is unconstitutional.

Friday's order apparently removes the last barrier to Supt. Hill returning to run the Wyoming Department of Education.

Campbell's order follows a decision the Wyoming Supreme Court entered early this year that found the law unconstitutional. Hill has pressed the legal challenge to the law.

Campbell upheld five minor portions of the law, including that the superintendent prepare an annual report on the status of the state school system.

Wyoming Atty. General General Peter Michael said if Hill agreed to the five portions upheld by the Supreme Court she could return to work.

Hill refused saying It’s not negotiable. The constitution’s not negotiable,”

Governor Matt Mead issued the following statement shortly after the judge's ruling was announced:

“The State of Wyoming requested an expeditious resolution to this matter - with the goal of moving forward from the Supreme Court decision as quickly as possible. The Superintendent had the opportunity to assume leadership of the Wyoming Department of Education for several weeks while reserving all her arguments. She refused to return. I am pleased the Court has issued an order that brings finality to this matter.”

Hill says she will return to work 8am Monday morning.

The status of Richard Crandall, Director of the Wyoming Department of Education is unknown at this time.


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