Christine Thompson

Oct 26, 2020

Hoffman says parents should reconsider keeping kids out of kindergarten

A sharp drop in the number of youngsters in Arizona kindergartens this year due to COVID-19 could have ripple effects for years to come on their education.

Aug 20, 2018

Political operatives learned the ropes as student regents

The foundation for the modern student regent in Arizona was laid by the last one who could not vote: Patrick McWhorter.

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Jan 18, 2018

Long-term education goals won’t be reached in one budget cycle

During the 2008 economic crisis, some Arizonans lost their jobs or their homes, or both. With revenues down, the state budget was drastically cut, and education funding took a beating.

Christine Thompson (Photo by Rachel Leingang/Arizona Capitol Times)
Oct 23, 2017

Christine Thompson: Fired (up) over Arizona’s education policy

Christine Thompson may be most known for the drama that very publicly unfolded when Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas in 2015. But over the past four years she also experienced a different sort of “whirlwind."

Nov 2, 2015

Education Board challenges Douglas with choice of new executive director

The State Board of Education is meeting tomorrow to hire its new executive director, an act that could bring more dissention and lawsuits in the power struggle with Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.

Sep 28, 2015

Douglas skips school board meeting again, angering board members

State Board of Education members vented at a meeting Monday about the absence of Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and her staff and threatened to expand a planned lawsuit against her.

Sep 11, 2015

State school board official in dispute with Diane Douglas resigns

The employee at the heart of the feud between Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and the State Board of Education submitted her resignation today.

Aug 13, 2015

Department of Education opens reading improvement program web portal

Arizona schools can file their reports on how they intend to improve their students’ reading skills despite the fight between the education board and state schools chief Diane Douglas – at least for the time being.

Aug 11, 2015

Reading improvement web site on hold over feud between schools chief and ed board

State education officials are using the spat with the Board of Education in refusing to set up a web site so schools can submit legally required plans to show how they plan to improve reading skills.

Jul 9, 2015

Board of Education deputy exec Vazquez leaving for UofA job

The deputy director of the Arizona Board of Education is leaving for a new job at the University of Arizona as state schools chief Diane Douglas seeks a court's authority to fire her.

Jun 1, 2015

Board of Education asks judge to dismiss Douglas lawsuit

The State Board of Education is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, calling it an attempt by the state schools chief to convince the courts to settle a political dispute.

May 19, 2015

Douglas ignores state board’s demands for online access

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas took no action today on a 5 p.m. state Board of Education deadline to allow investigators online access to teacher records.