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Updated Jul 23, 2013 - 7:35 am

Arizona high court to hear school funding case

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday hears arguments in an
appeal of a lower court’s ruling that requires the Legislature to give schools
an annual funding increase even in lean years to account for inflation.

The high court is reviewing a Court of Appeals decision that said a 2000
voter-approved law requires the Legislature to provide an annual inflation
adjustment for state funding to public schools.

School districts and education groups sued after the Legislature in 2010
instead only increased schools’ transportation funding. That eliminated a $61
million increase in general school spending.

The Supreme Court said the question it is considering is whether the Voter
Protection Act allows voters to require the legislature to increase funding for
schools.

The Voter Protection Act severely restricts the Legislature’s to change
voter-approved laws.

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