Controversy surrounds firing of two Board of Education employees

Some are calling it a power grab that may affect the way all Arizona children are taught school.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas unexpectedly fired two Arizona Board of Education staffers.

Some are saying her department has no authority over the board staff, and the firing may be illegal. Now Governor Doug Ducey has to sort this out.

It's shaping up to be a legal battle between the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Board of Education.

The two are run as separate entities, so it was surprising for many educators when they learned Douglas fired two board staffers.

In Diane Douglas's campaign for Superintendent of Public Instruction, one message was clear, stop common core. And since she's been elected that has been her mission, but now even those in her own party say she may be going about it illegally.

She fired two top administrators at the Arizona Board of Education. The board's Executive Director Christine Thompson and the Assistant Executive Director Sabrina Vasquez. Nut now the questions, does Douglas even have the authority to fire them?

It's the Governor who appoints members to the Arizona Board of Education, a board that Douglas sits on with 11 other members.

The two administrators support the board and are responsible for rolling out the AZMerit test that Douglas despises. Still it is unclear why the staffers were fired.

Douglas's office said they wouldn't comment on personnel issues, but in previous interviews she reiterated her disdain for common core and says she supports a back to basics approach.

"We are not teaching our children the simple arithmetic, one of the things is crucial repetition and practice," said Diane Douglas.

Now Governor Ducey's office is reportedly reviewing the firing to see if Douglas overstepped her bounds.
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