Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has the authority to fire State ‘at will employees’ as established by former Governor Jan Brewer when she signed Sweeping Personnel Reform. It would behoove Governor (Muck)Ducey to review with State Attorney General Mark Brnovich aka BrnoCainvich and any other ‘legal counsel’ he has, it’s quite simple.
Fired were Executive Director Christine Thompson and Deputy Director Sabrina Vazquez who are on the Arizona Department of Education payroll and under Douglas’ supervision as apparent by the organizational flow chart below.
Supporting Diane Douglas’ authority to terminate “at will” employees is Arizona Revised Statute, Title 15, Chapter 2, Article 2 – 251 Powers and duties that states “4. Direct the work of all employees of the board who shall be employees of the department of education.” Please review the flow chart above and the listing of Thompson and Vazquez as being on the payroll of the Arizona Department of Education here.
Consider that the members of the Arizona State Board of Education are compensated by the State but their names don’t appear within the Staff Directory nor on the above organization flow chart for the Arizona Department of Education. Just what is their compensation, reimbursement for expenses related to Board work only?
Note again that the names of Thompson and Vazquez do appear under Diane Douglas’ name on the Department Flow Chart as well as on the Department payroll and are clearly referenced to in ARS 15-251… the Common Core ladies work AT Will for the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.
Perhaps Board President Greg Miller needs some COMMON CORE SENSE education as he does not sign Thompson’s or Vazquez’s paychecks. They may do work for the “Board” but they are employed at will by Superintendent Douglas.
Governor Ducey, you need to hurry up as your ice cream is melting.