Arizona judge orders inflation funding for schools
PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has ruled that Arizona public schools are entitled to at least $317 million in additional state funding for inflation this year and set the stage for further proceedings that could bump the total to $2.9 billion over the next five years.
Superior Court Judge Karen Cooper's ruling is a partial win for school officials who argued that the state violated a voter-approved law by failing to provide mandated inflation funding since the 2009 budget crunch.
Cooper ordered the state to reset funding levels for the current fiscal year, and she said she'll hold hearings on whether to order retroactive funding for past fiscal years.
With coming years' funding reset to include inflation funding and possible retroactive funding for past years, the five-year cost could reach an $2.9 billion.
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