Judge won’t delay decision on school funding
A judge won't delay deciding whether the state is violating constitutional requirements to adequately fund school capital needs while lawmakers decide what -- if anything -- they are going to do about the problem.
Public school business officials drop out of funding lawsuit
The board of the Arizona Association of School Business voted to withdraw as a plaintiff in the case asking a judge to rule that the state is not meeting its constitutional obligations to properly fund school construction.
New leader named for public interest law firm
A new executive director has been named to lead a nonprofit public interest law firm best known for suing the state and other government entities for failing to follow the law.
State glitch gives some schools too much federal money, underfunds others
Hundreds of charter schools and traditional school districts in Arizona have been receiving more federal funding for low-income students than they were entitled to while others were left with far less for at least the past four fiscal years.
Judge can’t tell lawmakers how much money to give schools, attorney says
An attorney for the state is telling a judge she has no legal right to tell the Legislature it isn't providing enough money for school construction and repair.
State asks judge to dismiss legal challenge to school finance scheme
Saying challengers have no right to sue, lawyers for the state want a judge to throw out a challenge to the state's school funding scheme.
Trial on citizen initiative restrictions gets underway
The consultant who has helped with most of the recent initiative drives testified Wednesday a new state law will impair the ability of Arizonans to craft their own laws.
Tim Hogan: ‘Trial lawyer’ who shaped education and health care in Arizona
Attorney Tim Hogan has held elected officials accountable for education funding and health care issues for decades, much to the chagrin of those he has opposed. Hogan, executive director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, said this week that he is leaving the center after 26 years.
School districts file suit against state to fix crumbling buildings
School districts, education groups and taxpayers filed suit Monday to force lawmakers to pay for school maintenance and construction they have neglected for years.
Lawsuit to force state to fund schools’ capital needs to be filed Monday
A long-awaited lawsuit over school maintenance and construction funding will be filed on Monday, the Arizona School Boards Association announced today.
Legislature faces new lawsuit over money for school construction
Just as one lawsuit on education funding is being settled, state lawmakers face a new one, this one over what challengers say is their failure to build and maintain public schools.
Arizona gets D on government accountability and transparency
The Grand Canyon State received an overall score of 64 – a D grade – in a new State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of government accountability and transparency in all 50 states by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. Despite the low grade, Arizona ranked 22nd among all the states.