Attorneys for Arizona schools want a judge to require the state to pay about $1.7 billion the Legislature failed to provide for K-12 education since the budget crunch of 2009.
Lawyers for the Legislature disagree. They will argue at a hearing Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court that a September ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court doesn't require repayment of money schools should have received in fiscal years 2010 through 2013. They also say courts can't order the state treasurer to pay out money not authorized by the Legislature and governor.
The Supreme Court decision said Arizona voters required annual inflation adjustments to school funding when they passed Proposition 301 in 2000. The proposition raised the state sales tax by 0.6 percent to fund schools.