- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A tug-of-war over authority between the state Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is impacting an Arizona kids’ reading program.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports (http://bit.ly/1Js80CR) that both sides differ on which one manages the state’s Move on When Reading program.

Lawmakers this year earmarked $500,000 for the state Department of Education to manage the program.

Board President Greg Miller says his understanding was that the department would operate it.

Michael Bradley, Douglas’ chief of staff, says the law states the board will oversee it.

But Bradley says the issue can’t be resolved until a lawsuit Douglas filed against the board is.

Douglas is suing for a Maricopa County judge to rule on whether she has the right to hire and fire state education board employees.

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Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com

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