Does Arizona need to give more to schools? Judge orders trial in school funding case

The trial, tentatively slated for September with a backup date in January, will offer a new opportunity for members of the public to hear testimony on the building, equipment and technology needs of Arizona schools.

By Yana Kunichoff |Arizona Republic

Does Arizona give schools enough money for capital needs to keep buildings maintained and curriculum up to date? And are individual districts, or the state, responsible for making sure students are not learning in an environment of leaky roofs and tattered carpets? 

Those are questions under consideration in an ongoing 2017 lawsuit from several districts and school groups who allege that billions of dollars in state budget cuts have shorted schools of capital funding for school maintenance, buses, textbooks and technology for more than a decade. 

Now, after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge’s ruling, the case will go to court.

The trial, tentatively slated for September with a backup date in January, will offer a new opportunity for members of the public to hear testimony on the building, equipment and technology needs of Arizona schools. 

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