Jul 11, 2014 2:26 PM by The Arizona Republic
Arizona's public schools are due an additional $317 million in funding for the coming budget year, a court ruled Friday, a decision that could cost the state an extra $1.6 billion over the next five years.
But the court left undecided Friday the fate of $1.3 billion in back payments that schools argue they're due for unpaid costs related to inflation.
The ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper comes after the state Supreme Court last year ruled the Legislature failed to honor the direction voters gave in 2000, when they approved a ballot measure calling for annual inflation adjustments to the school-funding formula.
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