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Richard Crandall Responds to Wyoming Supreme Court Decision

Michael Flicek and Richard Crandall
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Richard Crandall, the appointed head of the Wyoming Department of Education said no one knows what is going to happen over the next few days in light of the Wyoming Supreme Court decision that declared Senate File 104 unconstitutional Tuesday.

The court’s 3-2 ruling came in a lawsuit by Republican state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill, challenging the law enacted a year ago by the GOP-controlled Legislature and Republican Governor Matt Mead. The law took effect in the middle of Hill’s four-year term. The superintendent remained one of the five statewide elected officials but no longer oversaw the Wyoming Department of Education. Under the provisions of Senate File 104, Crandall was appointed to the position by Governor Mead.

Crandall said he told the Department of Education staff on Tuesday that when Cindy Hill returns to the department, he hopes everyone acts with class. Crandall said he also can’t give the department employees any assurance that they will keep their jobs, especially the ones that testified against Hill during the Legislature’s Select Investigative Committee hearings earlier this month.

The panel has been looking into possible misconduct by Hill while she ran the state Education Department in 2011 and 2012. The House panel could recommend whether she should be impeached by the full House. Hill has denied any wrongdoing.

Crandall said as far as his future is concerned, he can “always go back to his companies in Arizona.”

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