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Republicans summoned for school funding meetings

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Sep 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-28 14:10:10-04

Republican members of the Arizona House are being summoned to briefings by their leaders on ongoing discussions to boost funding for K-12 schools.

The closed-door meetings are now set for Tuesday and Wednesday come as Republican Gov. Doug Ducey presses his plan to tap the state's permanent land trust fund to add more than $320 million a year to school funding. Republicans who control the Legislature have a competing plan.

The House meetings come three weeks after initial briefings that followed the breakdown of negotiations to settle a lawsuit brought by schools over the Legislature's failure to make required inflation increases. A judge has ordered more than $330 million in new yearly funding but the Legislature is appealing.

A special Legislative session is being discussed to deal with school funding.