- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A Maricopa County judge has formally ended a yearlong fight between the state’s top elected school official and the Arizona Board of Education and attorneys for both sides are working to end a second suit.

The order dismissing the lawsuit filed by the board against Douglas was signed by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley on July 5 at the request of both parties.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill settling the fight in May as part of a compromise where the board retains authority over its employees and Douglas assumed oversight of board investigators who look into teacher wrongdoing.

Douglas prompted the fight early last year when she tried to fire the board’s top staff. Ducey blocked the firings and Douglas then sued the board to get an order showing she could terminate them, but lost. She’s appealing that case, and her attorney said Thursday he’s in talks with the board’s lawyer to end the appeal.

The board then sued Douglas to get remote access to files she controlled needed by the investigators. That’s that case that is now closed.

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