PHOENIX (AP) – 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 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.