State argues for dismissal of Arizona schools suit

PHOENIX (AP) - The state says a lawsuit declaring Arizona public schools have been short-changed by a faulty funding process should be dismissed.

Attorneys representing the Legislature and the Arizona School Facilities Board argued for a dismissal Friday afternoon before a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.

They say the plaintiffs want the court to weigh in on what is a policy decision.

The suit was filed in April by a coalition of school districts, citizens and education groups.

According to the suit, the Legislature failed a constitutional obligation to adequately fund "soft capital" needs such as building maintenance and textbooks.

Partly in hopes to settle the suit, Gov. Doug Ducey announced plans Tuesday to add $100 million in education funding this year.

That decision prompted two of the plaintiffs to pull out.

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