Schools chief to testify against plan to define her powers

Schools chief to testify against plan to define her powers

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas is set to testify before a Senate committee as she tries to derail legislation designed to settle ongoing fights between her and the state Board of Education.

Douglas is set to appear Thursday before the Senate Education Committee. She said Wednesday that she was “shocked” at the “repulsive nature” of Republican Sen. Jeff Dial’s proposal. Senate Bill 1416 would detail specific duties for each body in an effort to end a pair of lawsuits and other problems between the board and Douglas.

Dial says his bill clarifies the duties of the board and superintendent of public instruction. He says the state Constitution charges the Legislature with setting the duties of each office.

Douglas says the bill shifts many of her duties to the board.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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