Arizona Schools Superintendent Douglas testifies against authority-limiting bill

As the rest of the Senate Education Committee moved on to hear other opinions on SB 1416 and eventually other bills, Diane Douglas moved outside for further comment. (Photo by Alex Scoville/Cronkite News)

Diane Douglas listens on in the back of the room as the hearing for SB 1416 moves on after she testified. (Photo by Alex Scoville/Cronkite News)

Diane Douglas takes notes as the Senate Education Committee member discuss SB 1416 before she stepped up to testify. (Photo by Alex Scoville/Cronkite News)

State Superintendent Diane Douglas passionately defended the importance of her job Thursday morning in front of the Senate Education Committee, whose members were interested in reducing her authority over the state board of education.