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Arizona Chief, Governor Clash Over Board Staffing

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey rescinded the firings of two staff members of the state board of education by state Superintendent Diane Douglas after complaints that Ms. Douglas was acting outside her legal authority.

Ms. Douglas fired board executive director Christine Thompson and deputy director Sabrina Vazquez on Feb. 11. The next day, Gov. Ducey, a Republican, rescinded the firings, citing legal precedent. Ms. Douglas, in turn, said that the governor had overstepped his power under the state constitution by reversing the firings.

The state board had scheduled a special meeting last Friday to discuss the matter.

Vol. 34, Issue 21, Page 5

Published in Print: February 18, 2015, as Arizona Chief, Governor Clash Over Board Staffing
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