Arizona schools sue Legislature over funding

Posted at 6:07 AM, May 01, 2017

A group of school districts and associations representing school interests have sued the state of Arizona for what they say is unconstitutionally low funding for building maintenance and other capital projects.

The lawsuit announced at an elementary school in Glendale Monday seeks a court order that the current state funding scheme violates the state Constitution. The districts say the current funding illegally shifts the responsibility for maintaining schools from the state to local taxpayers.

Attorney Tim Hogan says the state is ignoring rulings from the state Supreme Court to provide adequate funding for buildings and other expenses like textbooks.

Gov. Doug Ducey declined immediate comment on the lawsuit but says his proposed budget adds spending for schools.