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Wyoming’s Superintendant of Public Instruction resigns after being offered position in Virginia

Wyoming Superintendant of Public Instruction Jillian Balow is resigning. In a letter, Balow...
Wyoming Superintendant of Public Instruction Jillian Balow is resigning. In a letter, Balow announced publicly that she will be stepping down after being asked to come into the same position in Virginia under Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin.(Wyoming Department of Education)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 9:09 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming Superintendant of Public Instruction Jillian Balow is resigning. In a letter, Balow announced publicly that she will be stepping down after being asked to come into the same position in Virginia under Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin. In the letter, Balow spoke of her accomplishments as superintendent.

“As State Superintendent, I made parent voice a priority by including parents in our policy-making decisions, such as state standards review committees.” Balow said, “We pushed through the Capitol inertia to pass historic Computer Science education requirements for K-12 public schools, greatly enriching and modernizing the curriculum delivered to our students.”

Balow would go on to speak fondly of her career in Wyoming that had humble beginnings.

“I started my teaching career in the small town of Hulett, Wyoming, population 386.” Balow wrote, “From there I have built a 25-year career in education and politics, serving as a national literacy consultant, an executive in state government, a policy advisor in the governor’s office, and now the elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction.”

Governor Mark Gordon, in a release of his own, responded to Balow’s resignation.

“I have enjoyed working alongside Superintendent Balow for the past seven years in my roles as Treasurer and Governor, making her the second-longest currently serving statewide elected officer.” Gordon said, “Her service to the State has been exemplary, and I wish her well in her new role.”

Governor Gordon has notified the Republican Party Central Committee, who will have 15 days to find and recommend three choices for a new superintendent Governor. Gordon will then make a selection from the three, who will serve the remainder of Balow’s term. Balow’s resignation is effective January 16th.

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