Here is an example from Wyoming why a state’s department of education should have as little authority as possible. Otherwise they think they can ignore the State Legislature. The Casper Star-Tribune published an editorial, “Education Dept. must start cooperating with legislature.” They wrote:
The fact that a legislative liaison was barred from a Wyoming Department of Education staff meeting is indicative of larger, systemic problems that have hamstrung accountability efforts and resulted in a deep lack of trust by lawmakers that educational funds are being properly spent.
The lack of progress the department is making in fulfilling the requirements of the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act is disturbing, and can’t be allowed to continue.
…Instead, the department continues to resist efforts by lawmakers of both parties to see that the money appropriated is used for the purposes it was intended.
One of the liaisons in the nonpartisan Legislative Service Office, Mike Flicek, was barred from attending a July 16 meeting of the DOE’s Technical Advisory Committee.
The panel includes experts on educational assessments who are required by the federal No Child Left Behind law to make sure states are fulfilling requirements concerning contracts.
That’s precisely the type of meeting lawmakers want their liaison to attend, so they can be aware of what’s happening. But Flicek said he was told that the meeting was for department staff members only, even though it had several items on the agenda related to the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act.
Heaven forbid, a legislative liason weighs in on concerns! No he needed to shut up and let the adult educrats in the room do their thing. In reality they should have as little authority as possible.