PHOENIX (AP) - The state of Arizona wants a lawsuit alleging schools have been short-changed billions of dollars in capital project funding dismissed.
A judge will hear arguments Friday afternoon to drop the suit, filed by a coalition of school districts, citizens, and education groups.
The suit, filed in April, says the Legislature failed a constitutional obligation to adequately fund "soft capital" needs such as building maintenance and textbooks.
Attorneys representing the state and the Arizona School Facilities Board say suing was a premature action.
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, one person and one professional association representing school business officials, to pull out of the lawsuit.