- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The deputy director of the Arizona Board of Education is leaving for a new job at the University of Arizona as state schools chief Diane Douglas seeks a court’s authority to fire her.

Sabrina Vasquez announced Wednesday she was leaving to take a job with the University of Arizona.

Vasquez and Executive Director Christine Thompson were fired by Douglas in February in a move Gov. Doug Ducey blocked. Douglas wants a judge to clarify her power over the board’s executives. The Board of Education says they have hiring and firing power over their staff.

Douglas said in a court filing that she intends to fire Thompson and Vasquez if she prevails.

Thompson praised Vasquez’s contributions to the board’s work. She also said she will hire her replacement.

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