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Halls at state Capitol echo with new approaches to school funding (access required)

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Education funding fever has gripped the Arizona Capitol, and just about everyone has a plan. Republicans spent the week huddling in small groups to discuss the House speaker and Senate president’s four-point education funding plan, while Democrats stood outside the Capitol buildings doing TV interviews to announce and rally public support for their own education funding proposal.

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No one wants to be stuck with that tab

After good faith efforts to reach a settlement in the K-12 inflation funding lawsuit failed, the state faces two options: Fight the challenge all the way to the Supreme Court or accede to the trial court’s order to reset the inflation funding level to what it would have been if the money hadn’t been withheld from schools during the years of recession.

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Let’s not go there

The Arizona Business and Education Coalition has some questions about Ducey’s land trust reform plan, and has some suggestions about how to improve it. ABEC CEO and President Dick Foreman said the organization is glad Ducey is addressing school funding, but hopes to work with lawmakers and Ducey to come up with a way to ensure the new funding is a steady, ongoing stream, and won’t drop off after the 10 years that Ducey’s plan outlines.

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