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House panel OKs major overhaul of Arizona K-12 funding

The party-line vote on the newly-revealed proposal drew major opposition from some school funding experts, school districts and Democrats.

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A House panel has approved a major overhaul of large parts of Arizona’s K-12 school funding formula.

The proposal from Republican Rep. Michelle Udall was approved Monday in the appropriations committee with backing by a school choice group.

The party-line vote on the newly-revealed proposal drew major opposition from some school funding experts, school districts and Democrats.

They said rolling out large changes to Arizona's complex education funding system for 1.1 million public school students at the last minute is a recipe for disaster. Udall says her goal is to distribute state funding more evenly and ensure all students get their fair share.

But Democrats noted more than 100 districts would lost funding, and noted all charter schools will be big winners.

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