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Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas to visit Legislature, address state of education

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PHOENIX — Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas planned to share her assessment of the state of the state’s education to a legislative committee Wednesday afternoon.

The speech was scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Arizona House of Representatives.

Since taking office a year ago as superintendent of public instruction, Douglas has succeeded in getting the Common Core State Standards repealed, which was her main campaign promise.

The standards remain in place during a review.

Douglas also watched a recall effort against her fizzle.

But she has also fought intensely with the Arizona Board of Education, fired board officers only to have Gov. Doug Ducey reverse the call, been sued by the board, and sued a board member.

Douglas has called the state of education in Arizona poor and cited the state’s 47th-place national ranking.

More money will be poured into education after a lawsuit settlement was reached last fall. The deal will pump $3.5 billion over 10 years into schools if voters approve in a special election May 17.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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