Ducey school finance overhaul panel set for 1st meeting

PHOENIX (AP) - A panel assembled by Gov. Doug Ducey to consider a major overhaul of the state's school finance laws is set for its first meeting.

The "Classrooms First Initiative Council" that Ducey chairs meets Friday afternoon. Members will hear proposals on changing the state's complex funding formulas from several groups, including the Goldwater Institute, Reason Foundation, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Arizona School Boards Association.

Ducey is joined on the panel by Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, Board of Education Chair Greg Miller and nine others, mainly education professionals.

The Republican governor is pushing for changes that align funding with performance.

The state budgets $3.9 billion in general fund money for K-12 schools in a complex formula that includes basic aid, transportation money and other specific funding.

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