A judge is refusing to order Arizona legislators to expand the current state budget’s inflation adjustment for funding for K-12 public schools.
A ruling by Judge J. Kenneth Mangum of Maricopa County Superior Court denies a request by school districts and education groups and dismisses their lawsuit.
The plaintiffs’ suit argued that a voter-approved state law requires an inflation adjustment for the full basic per-student funding. The budget includes an inflation adjustment for only a small part of school funding.
Mangum says the voter-approved law doesn’t actually require legislators to make an appropriation. He says the law only requests an appropriation.
About $50 million is at stake.