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Tue Feb 28, 2017, 08:03 PM

Arizona may face another billion-dollar school lawsuit

Less than a year after voters passed Proposition 123 to resolve a $1.6 billion lawsuit over school funding, a new, even larger education lawsuit looms and almost nobody is talking about it.

While the first lawsuit focused on underfunding per-student payments to schools for operational costs such as teacher salaries, this latest dispute centers on nearly a decade of cuts to capital funding for textbooks, technology, buses and building maintenance. Attorneys have warned of a lawsuit for years.

Now, they say they could file one within the next month.

Gov. Doug Ducey in his budget proposal included an additional $17 million to the School Facilities Board for building maintenance, but he continued hundreds of millions of dollars in annual cuts directly to schools for other school maintenance and soft capital such as technology.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona-education/2017/02/26/arizona-lawsuit-education-capital-funding-building-maintenance-technology-school-buses/98328544/

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