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GOP plan would give Arizona schools $3.5 billion increase

[Editor:  School funding has become something of a scam.  The school districts don't report their real income on their reports.  There is hidden money - lots of it - that is not put on reports.  That is money schools get that is not from property taxes.  Maricopa County Republican Committee members know that and voted for a resolution endorsing NO votes on ALL school overrides.  According to Sen, Kavanagh, school funding is already in excess of 50% of the entire state budget.  Senate President Biggs worked with the governor to take money - principle - out of the state land trust to settle the court case, thus depleting the future interest derived from that fund.  That is one of the issues state Treasurer DeWit and Ducey have been dueling over.  This looks like typical government shenanigans.  The estimated reserve funds held by AZ schools NOW is $3.2 BILLION.  The schools are NOT accountable to taxpayers or parents on what the real financial needs of schools really is.  VOTE NO on YOUR school override on Nov. 3.]

State Republican leaders are proposing a $3.5 billion increase to school funding over the next decade, starting almost immediately, under a deal lawmakers are considering this week.

The proposal, which would settle a long-running lawsuit, would draw the money from the State Land Trust and the general fund.

The state would ultimately pay about 70 percent of what the courts have ruled schools are owed after state budgets failed to fully fund voter-mandated inflation increases during the Great Recession. But the plaintiffs — the state's school districts — say they support the compromise.

"Following talks our office initiated with leaders in the Legislature and the education community several weeks ago, a solution to the education funding lawsuit was negotiated late last week," a statement from the Governor's Office said. "As work progresses, Governor (Doug) Ducey’s goal is that we get this money to our kids and teachers as soon as possible.”

The plan, which is expected to be debated in a special session of the Legislature this week, requires the support of a majority of lawmakers. Portions would also require voter approval.

Schools would also get an additional $50 million a year for five years, and $75 million a year for the following five years. These payments, which would not increase to account for inflation, equal about half of what the plaintiffs had asked for to make up for the years when the state failed to fund inflation.


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