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More delays in Hill case; judge allows three more weeks for state analyses

Mar 18, 2014 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- State schools Superintendent Cindy Hill will have to wait longer in her effort to regain control of the Wyoming Department of Education.

Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell decided Tuesday not to issue an order immediately reinstating Hill's former duties.

In January, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that a 2013 law that removed the elected superintendent as department head was unconstitutional. Legislators enacted the law after complaints about Hill's performance. Hill then filed a lawsuit to get her duties restored.

While the Supreme Court sided with Hill, it left it up to the district court to decide how the lawsuit should be resolved.

Campbell ordered attorneys for the state and Hill to file written analyses over the next three weeks on whether any parts of the law are constitutional.

Also Monday, an administrator in the Wyoming Department of Family Services said she is running for state superintendent of public instruction.

Jillian Balow is the first Republican to announce for the position. She plans a formal announcement Thursday.

The other state superintendent candidate so far is Democrat Mike Ceballos, a retired phone company executive from Cheyenne.

Current State Superintendent Cindy Hill is not seeking re-election. Instead, she has mounted a Republican primary challenge against Gov. Matt Mead as he seeks re-election.

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