Arizona School Funding Lawsuit Ends

Last Updated: October 27, 2010

This article appeared in the October 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

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The Arizona Supreme Court has refused to hear a lawsuit filed this summer by a group of school districts, district representatives, and education organizations, including the Arizona Rural Schools Association.

The plaintiffs claimed that the legislature did not provide an inflationary increase in school funding as required by a 2000 law. Republican legislators argued that the law gave discretion over which portions of school funding must be increased, while plaintiffs claimed that the full per-pupil amount should have received the inflationary increase.

The Attorney General’s office had argued that court involvement in the matter would violate separation of powers principles if judges inserted themselves into the legislative appropriation process. The group had filed the case as a special action directly with the state high court, but now plans start over in trial court.

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