Board of Education holds meeting about schools chief's firings

The Arizona Board of Education convened Friday for an emergency meeting to vote on whether or not to let the staffers fired by Superintendent Diane Douglas back into their offices. Douglas was the only member to vote no.

The board's vote requires the Superintendent to let the fired administrators back in by Tuesday.

It's unclear whether or not that will happen.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas's first move at the emergency meeting was moving microphones out of her way.

"To all the media, I'm not going to be treated differently than any other board member," said Diane Douglas.

But Douglas does want to be treated differently when it comes to her authority. Douglas--one of the 11 board members---reaffirmed her position, that it is within her right to unilaterally fire two board staffers.  Governor Doug Ducey says it's not. 

All other board members voted to let those administrators back into their offices. Douglas voted no.

"We can fix this by simple legislation and not litigation," said Douglas.

FOX 10 asked her if she would comply with the Board of Education. 

"I don't agree with the vote they made, so I voted no," said Douglas.

Douglas had a Department of Public Safety escort surrounding her as she left the meeting.

FOX 10 asked her if the media storm and battle with the Governor is worth her actions. "I did not make the battle with the Governor," she said.

The other board members appeared disappointed with this political battle and possible legal battle ahead.

FOX 10 asked board member J.D. Rottweiler what he would say to parents who think the political showdown is detracting from educating kids. 

"I hope not, we always hope we can de-politicize education as much as possible and allow others to handle the policy work," he said.

Douglas has until Tuesday to comply.

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