Education group drops out of lawsuit after governor’s speech on construction funding

Gov. Doug Ducey, flanked by education officials and legislative leaders, announces his plan to put $100 million into additional assistance for districts in the 2019 budget. /Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

A major group of education professionals decided Wednesday it is no longer interested in suing the state over funding questions.

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. The move comes a day after Gov. Doug Ducey offered a plan to restore at least some of the dollars that have been cut from state aid to public schools.

In a prepared statement, the board said it does not question that a “critical” need remains for capital funding dollars.

“Moreover, AASBO does not debate the fact that there are responsibilities our state leaders must abide by and solutions that need to be found to address these responsibilities,” it says.

But the board concluded that the governor’s plan, if enacted, “brings immediate relief to our school districts versus waiting for the outcome of the lawsuit.”


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