- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Legislature is poised to settle a yearlong fight between the state’s top elected school official and the Board of Education.

The agreement between Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and the board is backed by House and Senate leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey’s office. The senate approved the proposal on a 30-o vote late Tuesday and the House is scheduled to take it up Wednesday.

Douglas prompted the fight and a series of ongoing lawsuits early last year when she tried to fire the board’s top executives. Ducey blocked that firing and the board then moved to new offices outside her building. They also clashed over control of investigators who look into teacher wrongdoing, with the board suing Douglas to force remote access to teacher files she controlled.

House Bill 2620 is designed to end the litigation. The board will retain control over its four employees and Douglas will assume oversight of the investigators.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide