Deal reached to prevent Board of Education turf battles

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- A deal has been reached on proposed legislation to prevent future fights over who controls employees of the state Board of Education.

Wednesday's announcement comes nearly two weeks after Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas fired two board executives only to have her actions overturned by Gov. Doug Ducey. That prompted a vitriolic written news release from Douglas that attacked Ducey.

Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City says she's reached an agreement with Douglas and Ducey on legislation clearing up confusion on who oversees the executives.

Her bill clarifies that the Board of Education alone oversees its executives and Douglas implements board policies.

Ducey and Douglas appeared together at an event Tuesday and briefly hugged. He said later they agreed to work together despite any disagreements they may have.

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