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Hill claims new law has left 'chaos'

Mar 5, 2013 - The Associated Press

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill says a new state law that stripped her of most of her power left the state's public education system in "complete chaos."

Hill states in her latest court filing that her removal as head of the Wyoming Department of Education created confusion and distrust across the state.

Hill is insisting that a judge should restore her powers quickly to avoid further harm to students.

Hill sued Gov. Matt Mead last month, claiming the law he signed that largely stripped her office of powers violated the state Constitution.

The Wyoming Attorney General's Office maintains the Legislature acted within the scope of its constitutional powers when it transferred many of the superintendent's duties to a director appointed by the governor.

The bill generated heated controversy as it was rushed through the Wyoming Legislature. Hill filed suit the same day Gov. Matt Mead signed it and announced shortly thereafter that she would run for governor next year.

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