Wyoming education director confirmation advances

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Senate Education Committee has recommended the full Senate confirm the director of the state Department of Education.

The unanimous recommendation on Friday comes at a time of legal uncertainty surrounding the job now held by Richard Crandall.

A law enacted last year replaced the statewide elected superintendent of public instruction as head of the education department with a director appointed by the governor with Senate confirmation.

However, the Supreme Court recently ruled the law was unconstitutional because it left too few duties for the superintendent. On Friday, it declined to reconsider its decision.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Hank Coe, of Cody, says the situation is unusual but the only thing to do now is follow the established process until the legal situation is fully resolved.

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