4:30PM: Douglas set to unveil education plan

Posted at 9:33 AM, Oct 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-01 12:33:34-04

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is set to unveil on Thursday her plan to fix the Arizona education system.

The controversial Douglas will present the plan at the Phoenix Art Museum at 4:30 p.m.

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Her plan comes as Douglas and the State Board of Education are locked in twin lawsuits, fighting over who controls what in the state’s education apparatus.

Arizona is ranked 48th in per-pupil spending, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Douglas unveiled part of her plan earlier this month, calling for an immediate $400 million to be spent on Arizona’s teachers.

The rest of her plan remains a mystery, even to the State Board. The Board determines education policy in the state, while the superintendent’s job is to implement those policies, according to state law.

“We haven’t seen it yet, nobody’s seen it yet,” Greg Miller, president of the State Board, said Wednesday night of Douglas’ plan.

Douglas recently skipped an afternoon Board committee meeting. Her spokesman said that she was babysitting her grandson and did not want to attend the meeting because its subject, finding a new executive director of the Board, is a focal point in her ongoing lawsuit against the board.

Douglas fired the Board’s executive director and deputy director earlier this year.  Republican Governor Doug Ducey overturned the firings, saying the power to fire Board employees lies with the Board.