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Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas answers questions after attending an event in Glendale Thursday, Sept. 17.

Despite the threat of lawsuits from the Arizona State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas insisted Thursday that she and the board are maintaining a professional working relationship. Read more»

Christine Thompson, center, executive director of the State Board of Education, addresses a special meeting of the board on Tuesday.

The Arizona State Board of Education voted Tuesday to sue Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas if she doesn’t comply with longstanding directives on access to data and the board’s website. Read more»

At a meeting Monday, Reginald Ballantyne, vice president and new member of the State Board of Education, criticized two bills aimed at dismantling the Common Core standards.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’ tough stance on Arizona’s use of the Common Core State Standards for Education may not be a winning argument with at least some of her fellow State Board of Education members. "That looks like a nuclear explosion. That just sounds ridiculous," said one. Read more» 2

This photo atop Diane Douglas’ campaign Facebook page shares her disdain for the Common Core State Standards for education.

If her current lead holds, Arizona will elect as superintendent of public instruction a Tea Party Republican who has made eliminating the state’s version of the Common Core central to her campaign. Diane Douglas’ stance on the standards has aroused concerns among education advocates and contributed to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s decision to endorse Democrat David Garcia. Read more» 1

Under state law, English-language learners must a year of immersion in English classes, but state officials have expanded that to include any ELL student for as long as they’re in the program.

Vince Yanez understands what the Arizona Board of Education could be getting in to this year when it begins a “systematic review” of the state’s English Language Learner program, Structured English Immersion, a state-mandated program that puts non-English-speaking students into English class for four hours a day. Read more»

Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, is sponsoring a bill that would allow the State Board of Education to assign failing grades to schools immediately, rather than wait three years as current law requires.

Allowing education officials to immediately assign schools failing grades under Arizona’s new system for measuring performance would allow troubled schools to get help faster, a state lawmaker contends. Read more»