- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is challenging the Legislature, attorney general and school establishment to settle a long-standing legal dispute over school funding.

Ducey called in his state of the state address Monday for all parties to be reasonable and come up with a settlement that is fair.

The state Supreme Court has ruled the Legislature shortchanged during the recession and a judge then ordered the state to boost funding by $331 million this year and similar amounts going forward. That judge is now considering back payments of about $1 billion. The sides are considering settlement talks and plan to meet with a panel of appeals court judges Monday.

Ducey says the court order is forcing either a constitutional crisis or a budget crisis and it is time to end it.

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