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Ariz. judge won’t order expanded inflation funding

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.

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