CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Lawyers for the State of Wyoming say the Legislature acted within its authority to pass a law removing schools Superintendent Cindy Hill as head of the state Education Department.
Hill has filed a lawsuit challenging the law as unconstitutional. Attorneys for the state responded to the lawsuit on Tuesday.
District Judge Thomas Campbell will hear arguments in the lawsuit on March 14.
Hill is seeking a preliminary injunction, which the state is resisting.
The law, which took effect last month, replaced the superintendent as administrator of the education agency with a director appointed by the governor.
Lawmakers and Mead said the law was necessary to put Wyoming's education reform efforts back on track and restore order to the Education Department. Hill has defended her administration of the agency.