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Education groups sue state over voter-approved funding for schools

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Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 3:05 pm | Updated: 7:55 pm, Fri Jun 18, 2010.

A coalition of Arizona education groups including the Arizona School Board Association is leading the efforts behind a lawsuit filed this week arguing that state lawmakers failed to meet a voter-approved requirement funding requirement for next school year.

ASBA spokeswoman Tracey Benson said the lawsuit revolves around a measure passed in 2000, Proposition 301. One piece of that measure - which remains in effect until 2021 - states that "the base support level and other components of the school funding formula be adjusted upward by either 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower."

But for the year ahead lawmakers, Benson said, chose to just increase funding of one component, student transportation route miles.

Other plaintiffs include the Arizona Education Association, Arizona Association of School Business Officials, Arizona School Administrators, five school districts, a school board member, a teacher and a classified employee of the Mesa Unified School District.


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