Superintendent of Public Instruction files lawsuit over Board of Education

It's complicated, it's political, and some fear it is becoming a spectacle.

The pivotal question; who is in charge?

Diane Douglas wants the court to decide that.

A lawsuit filed Friday could have made Monday's meeting involving Diane Douglas and the State Board of Education she is suing awkward.

"I have tried many, many, ways to resolve this issue. I've tried to do it through legislation, and it's not worked, now it's up to the courts," said Diane Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

After finishing more than four hours of state education business, the board turned to what has become a power struggle between Douglas and the board.

The board voted 7-1 to direct Douglas to restore 11 board staffers access to electronic files.

Douglas terminated access when 11 board employees move from their Dept. of Education offices to office space in the Capitol building.

She says the department and the board employees are under the control of the superintendent; the board disagrees.

"That's why we're going to court, we don't think she has the authority. We haven't felt that way since day one," said Greg Miller.

Douglas has until Tuesday to comply with the board's order. Douglas was the lone dissenting vote in both motions quoting the superintendent's duties.

"Powers and duties of the Superintendent are to work with all employees of the board and the employees of the Department of Education," said Douglas.
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