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Arizona Chief, Governor Clash Over Board Staffing

By Andrew Ujifusa — February 17, 2015 1 min read

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 Doug Ducey rescinded the firings of two staff members of the state board of education by state Superintendent Diane Douglas after complaints that Ms.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 Ducey, a Republican, rescinded the firings, citing legal precedent.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.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 18, 2015 edition of Education Week as Arizona Chief, Governor Clash Over Board Staffing

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