PHOENIX — Arizona charter schools are suing the state Department of
Education to try to block a planned reduction of money for teacher pay raises
and other classroom costs.
The lawsuit filed Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court challenges the
department’s plans to withhold the money from funding over the next several
fiscal years in order to offset overpayments in two previous fiscal years.
The Arizona Capitol Times reported the overpayments
were made during an effort to make up for years when there was underfunding of a
fund created under a voter-approved ballot measure.
The charter schools said nearly $6 million is at stake.
A department of education official said some district and charter schools were
inadvertently given money that wasn’t due them while others were underfunded.