The Injustice of SF-104
“SF 104 would strip virtually all authority away from the current elected state superintendent of public instruction. ..." ~ HSLDA
This is a simple note concerning the Supreme Court case to determine constitutionality of SF-104. Oral arguments for the case have been set for:
Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
Supreme Court’s chambers
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The site for the Supreme Court of Wyoming is http://www.courts.state.wy.us/
You can read about the case at:
There is a poll on Channel 5 TV http://www.kgwn.tv/ . So please consider taking the Poll in the light of the Legislature has 16 attorneys and Cindy Hill has none. Please consider that the processes taken by the Legislature and the Governor have subverted the normal due process rights of Cindy Hill, citizen of the United States of America.
“Mark your calendar: the legislature’s Select Investigative Committee will meet in room 302 in the Capitol at 1:00 PM this Wednesday, August 7th. The meeting will be open to the public, and will be streamed live from the legislature’s web site. For more information, including the agenda, see the Committee’s web page.”
See full article here. Wyoming Liberty Group
It’s about time we all stood up for Cindy Hill
~ By Joan Brummond
I worked for Cindy Hill before she became Superintendent of Public Instruction.
She is a problem-solver like few administrators. She keeps the kids in mind in everything she does. I am amazed at her energy and work ethic.
I am not at all surprised that in her abbreviated term heading the Wyoming Department of Education, test scores in reading and math went up, an unprecedented improvement.
And I know, though she denies it, she is responsible for this positive result. She says it wasn’t her but the teachers who did the work.
Well, that’s true, but it takes a leader with the ability to stay focused to do the hard work and achieve the results for kids.
As a life-long educator, a former Teacher of the Year for Wyoming, a member of Leadership Wyoming and a former president of the National State Teachers of the Year, I know a remarkable leader when I see one.
Cindy Hill is that person. As a registered Democrat, I voted for her because personal knowledge of a person’s integrity and mission to improve the lives of students trumps politics every single time.
So I have been outraged and disgusted by the politics behind SF 104. What is going on, political leaders? Why ignore the facts that she did her job and did it legally, morally and responsibly?
Why deny the Constitution that gives her general supervision of our schools? Why use my money n and that of all taxpayers n to hold one sham investigation after another. Why make a mockery of the law by trying to impeach her?
No investigation ever uncovered any valid offense. Yet the legislature is moving ahead with plans to impeach her, making expensive investigatory committees filled with people who voted against her in the first place.
What’s fair about that? We teachers wouldn’t put up with this kind of unfairness on the playground; why put up with it from our lawmakers?
All this furor makes me wonder what her enemies are trying to hide. It makes me wonder if other politicians and bureaucrats need to be investigated, those who just might be skimming off the taxpayer’s bounty.
It’s a dark day in Wyoming politics. I’m like a lot of other people n I’d rather keep my head down and do my own life. But when should we Americans stand up?
I’m old enough to remember the Holocaust, to take to heart the words of the minister, Martin Niemoller, who said:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out n
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out n
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out n
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me n and there was no one left to speak for me.”
It’s the American way to stand up. I do it on behalf of the truth and our way of life.
Let’s reinstate Cindy Hill to do her work and cut out the nonsense. Our students are losing precious time.
Joan Brummond is a former Wyoming Teacher of the Year and a member of Leadership Wyoming Alumni.
Superintendent Hill responds to actions of Management Committee
Cheyenne, WY July 12, 2013: Superintendent of Public Instruction said: “Today we witnessed further fumbling by the legislature. Last February by an obscure budget footnote the legislature spent $150,000 for this incomplete investigative process, but it did not instruct the “investigative team” to come to any conclusions. Now, five months later, we find that the MacPherson report has left most of the legislators with very little guidance of the impact of the many questionable assertions contained within the report. Had Mrs. MacPherson been allowed to draw conclusions, we wouldn’t be here today.”
Hill stated: “Rather than hire Mrs. MacPherson to finish the work or to have properly instructed her team at the outset, the legislature now has created and funded yet another committee at taxpayer expense to continue this misguided political attack. Moreover, the budget for the process wasn’t even established, instead they spent more time assuring themselves that the committee members will be paid for their time. The committee will hire attorneys and consultants for itself. When will this process come to an end? ”
In her comments to the Management Council (copy attached) the Superintendent made clear that she expected to effectively participate in the work of the new committee in fair way. Hill noted: “I look forward to a time when I also have attorneys and resources available to me and when my attorneys get to examine the evidence and cross-examine witnesses so that we might all get to the bottom of this sham.”