Published Online: May 17, 2016
Published in Print: May 18, 2016, as Bill Likely Brings Feud to a Close in Arizona

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Bill Likely Brings Feud to a Close in Arizona

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The long-standing fight between Arizona's top elected school official and the state board of education may have come to an end.

Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, signed legislation last week that spells out which entity has authority over specific duties.

Schools Superintendent Diane Douglas prompted the fight and a series of ongoing lawsuits early last year when she tried to fire the board's top staff. Ducey blocked that firing, and the board moved to new offices in a different building. Another clash was over board investigators who look into teacher wrongdoing. Under the compromise measure, the board will retain control over its four employees, and Douglas will assume oversight of the investigators.

Vol. 35, Issue 31, Page 5

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