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Lawsuit Filed Against Arizona Superintendent Diane Douglas Over Computer Access

Diane Douglas
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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas

As Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas refuses to appear at Arizona State Board of Education meetings, another lawsuit has been filed against Douglas.

The basis of the lawsuit filed by the Arizona Board of Education is about allowing employees to have remote computer access. Access they have not had since the board staff left the Department of Education Building in February. Board members say staff are not able to work effectively from their new office space because Superintendent Douglas has denied them remote use of essential databases.

The Education Board says it has also been denied access to the department website. As a result the board has had to create a separate domain.

In its filing, the board said, “This lawsuit is the unfortunate result of the superintendent of public instruction's stubborn refusal to execute policies approved by the board.”

Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."