- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The State Board of Education has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a state education official, saying it is an attempt to have the courts to settle a political dispute.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports (https://bit.ly/1cvIPQV ) that Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas tried to fire the board’s executive director and her deputy in February.

The board then voted to move 11 offices out of the Arizona Department of Education building, including those of director and deputy. Douglas sued in May, asking the court to force them to move back to the ADE building.

The board’s attorney filed the motion to dismiss Monday, saying Douglas is trying to micromanage the board.

A spokeswoman for Douglas said she was unaware of the motion to dismiss and had no comment.

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

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