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Reading program at Arapahoe School a part of Hill inquiry

Oct 16, 2013 - Staff and wire reports

The probe concerns a Department of Education initiative started under state schools.

The legislative investigation of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill tuned its focus to Fremont County on Tuesday.

The latest inquiry concerns a Wyoming Department of Education reading initiative started under state schools that included Fremont County School District 38 at Arapahoe.

Four lawmakers met in Buffalo on Tuesday to discuss the initiative. The topic was assigned to them as a subgroup of the Wyoming House of Representative's investigation into Hill.

Several members commented that the direct tutoring provided by Hill's initiative overstepped the agency's constitutional boundaries.

Hill said the program was provided by the school district and not by the state.

District 38 claimed outstanding results from the project, noting significant improvement in reading scores thank to intensive reading tutoring over several weeks.

The House investigation committee is studying allegations of misconduct in the Education Department before Hill was removed as head of the agency earlier this year through a bill passed by the Wyoming Legislature.

She still holds her elected office, which she won in landslide after ousting incumbent Jim McBride in the 2010 primary election. She trounced Democrat Mike Massie in the general. He now works in state government.

The subcommittee will present its findings to the full committee, which could recommend impeaching Hill, who announced earlier this year that she would run for governor in 2014.

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