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New law on superintendent sidesteps the constitution

Feb 5, 2013 - Alex Wolfer, Riverton

Editor:

The Constitution of the State of Wyoming mandates that the elected superintendent of public instruction supervise the public schools. The following is Article 7, Section 14, in its entirety:

Supervision of schools is entrusted to state superintendent of public instruction. The general supervision of the public schools shall be entrusted to the state superintendent of public instruction, whose powers and duties shall be prescribed by law.

Senate File 104 leaves the superintendent with ceremonial duties and powers that do not includes the supervision of public schools. How can that be considered constitutional?

If change is needed, then we need to change the constitution. That will let the voters decide if one of the five highest positions in the state should now become "ceremonial."
 

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