Students first measure 15 April 1998

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Students first measure 15 April 1998 - 444-7122 Wednesday April 15. 1998 School bill...
444-7122 Wednesday April 15. 1998 School bill met with uncertainty Districts worry about giving control to state By Lori Baker, Yojl Cole and Jennifer Barrett The Arizona Republic West Valley school district leaders are cautious about the possible effects of the state's new school finance system. The state, which responded to a state Supreme Court order to mend the school funding process, is now responsible for paying for and maintaining new schools. The Students FIRST measure, which takes effect July 7, calls for $372 million a year to construct, equip and maintain public schools. It also allows districts that would prefer to continue using tax-backed bonds to fund construction to opt out of the state system, with voter approval. Some educators are pleased that school buildings will be repaired or built without raising local taxes. But others worry that a switch from local to state control could mean overcrowded classrooms and shoestring budgets. Everyone wonders whether the legislation will be shot down in a court challenge, meaning that the Legislature would have to start over. "The main thing is whether the courts will accept the opt-out provision, and if not, then what?" said Paul Koehler, superintendent of the Peoria Unified School District. "The thought of the Legislature having to start all over again if this bill is unconstitutional is not appealing. It's already taken four years to try to get a bill passed and approved." Under the new legislation, districts that have aheady started projects before June 30, 1999, can issue bonds already authorized for those projects until Dec. 31, 2000. This provision would affect districts like Washington Elementary, Deer Valley Unified and Peoria Unified that have not used all the bonds approved by voters. In addition, three West Valley bond elections slated for May 19 can proceed as planned. They are Avondale Elementary, $14 million; Agua Fria Union High School, Please see SCHOOL, Page 10

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 15 Apr 1998, Wed,
  3. [First] FINAL EDITION,
  4. Page 98

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