Group to recall Diane Douglas raises concerns over meeting vote

The Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas is accusing the Superintendent of Public Instruction of being reckless during a May 18, Board of Education meeting.

At issue are the revocation of teaching certificates for four Arizona teachers seen in their mug shots.

According to the Board of Education, the four pled guilty to the molestation of a child or attempted sexual conduct with a minor in court.

During the board meeting, a vote was held whether to permanently revoke their teaching certificates.

"These individuals should not be allowed to get near the classroom," said a board member, during the meeting.

The vote was 7-1, the person voting no, was Diane Douglas.

Concerned over a legal issue, Douglas noted her name was on the documents revoking certification for the teachers when it should have been the original documents under a different Superintendent.

"And I would like the record to clearly reflect that I absolutely agree these teaching certificates need to be revoked, but it needs to be done with valid legal documents, and I don't think that is the case," said Douglas, during the meeting.

"It's because these tiny things, these small tiny things that she's done in opposition to the board, and they've built up. She's been clogging these meetings with the debate that is not necessary," said Max Goshert, with the Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas.

The coalition says the early they can file a petition to recall Douglas is July 5. They aren't saying when they will file, but once they do, they will have four months to collect about 367,000 signatures to move the recall to a vote on the ballot.

The court date for Douglas vs. Board of Education is June 26. So many people want to see how that will be resolved as well.
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