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New state schools chief Douglas says Common Core changes will be gradual

New state schools chief Douglas says Common Core changes will be gradual

The state’s new top education official is promising to use her position to push for more money for public schools. But Diane Douglas won’t demand that lawmakers and incoming Gov. Doug Ducey give the schools the $317 million a court has said they’re owed right now, much less than $1 billion they may be owed for the years that schools were shorted.

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But wouldn’t it be fun?

Douglas’ top campaign aide squashed a rumor that is gaining steam at the Capitol that Murphy is a shoo-in to land a spot on her staff since they served on the Peoria School Board together and are friends. Murphy gave our reporter a non-answer when asked if he aspired to work at the Dept of Education or if he’d been asked, saying it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on a request that hasn’t been made of him.

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