Thursday, February 26, 2015

Diane Douglas & Doug Ducey May Be Able to Be Friends Again: This Bill Clarifies Who Runs the Board of Ed

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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Things seem to be going well between Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, especially now that legislation clarifying who can fire people in the state's Board of Education is underway.

State Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City collaborated with Ducey and Douglas on the language, which would be added as an amendment to HB 2184.

The amendment says the board is responsible for its executives, but Douglas would be the one who implements board policies.

About two weeks ago, the pair got into it after Douglas fired the board's Executive Director Christine Thompson and Assistant Director Sabrina Vazquez. Gov. Doug Ducey then said Douglas had no legal right to do this, and overturned the layoffs, and they went back to work shortly after (awkward).

Douglas then release a statement that said Ducey apparently viewed himself as both the governor and the superintendent of schools. 

We can all put that behind us now.

The Arizona Department of Education issues this:

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today praised the leaders of the state House and Senate for working with her to achieve a legislative solution that transfers control of the Arizona Board of Education staff to the Board’s supervision through a proposed Senate amendment to HB 2184.

“I commend the House and Senate for working with us to reach a consensus agreement,” the Superintendent said. “This will allow the state to move forward, without wasting additional taxpayer dollars in prolonged litigation.

“The focus must remain on providing the highest quality education available for Arizona students. Our resources are best spent supporting our children, teachers and classroom instruction, not in interagency disputes.”

The Senate Education Committee will take a loot at the amendment in today's morning hearing.

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