Arizona schools chief, Board of Education head to court

Arizona schools chief, Board of Education head to court

BOB CHRISTIE
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) – The ongoing power struggle between Arizona’s schools chief and the state Board of Education over who controls the board’s staff is showing no sign of easing.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas on Thursday defended a lawsuit she filed against the board after a court hearing Thursday. She says she’s suing despite earlier pledges not to waste money on a lawsuit because the Legislature rejected a bill she backed clarifying it’s the board who oversees its staff.

The board voted last month to move its staff from Douglas’ Department of Education building. Douglas sued after they moved and wants the judge clarify her authority over Board employees.

Board President Greg Miller says Douglas is distracting the board from important work by pursuing the fight over the board’s employees.

 

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