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New state schools chief Douglas says Common Core changes will be gradual

New state schools chief Douglas says Common Core changes will be gradual

The state’s new top education official is promising to use her position to push for more money for public schools. But Diane Douglas won’t demand that lawmakers and incoming Gov. Doug Ducey give the schools the $317 million a court has said they’re owed right now, much less than $1 billion they may be owed for the years that schools were shorted.

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Lawsuit potential? Check.

At the center of the budget fight at the Capitol is a proposal to prohibit K-12 districts from converting more schools into charters. Some lawmakers see this as “double dipping,” since the districts are accessing both the property tax base afforded to school districts, while receiving roughly $1,000 more per pupil in state aid for the students at the charter schools.

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