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  • 1. No surprise that the Casper Star will not print this press release, please forward to friends: New WDE Leadership puts Education Data at Risk May 4, 2013, Cheyenne, WY A recent audit indicates that Governor-led Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is not able to meet important data and information functions. This is the second time problems of this sort have occurred since the Governor took over the WDE. (See OSPI press release) Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, expressed concern about the current management of the WDE: “I don’t know why they are not getting the work done. I do know that SF104 was very disruptive to the WDE, particularly to the Information Management Division.” Superintendent Hill also noted that in the prior year, the governor significantly cut the WDE Information Management staff. Hill said, “Last summer, despite my concerns and objections, the governor took more than half of the IM staff and budgets at the WDE and sent them to his new Department of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS). My concerns about the WDE’s ability to accomplish the required work with half the staff were ignored.” Additionally, Hill questioned whether ETS should not be audited as they assumed responsibility for much of the information and technology work of the WDE when they took half of the WDE staff. Hill said, "When my staff were moved to ETS, Flint Waters assured me and the governor that there would be no drop off in services." Despite this significant assault on the department, Hill said “my remaining staff worked harder and were able to get accomplish all of the required work.” Superintendent Hill concluded, “Unfortunately, once again the taxpayers must fund an outside audit to discover concerns that I raised and addressed.” (Attached find supporting documents.)