- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Department of Education has launched a new data collection system expected to save the state $57 million.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1IqelZa ) that the new system, which collects data used to supply about $6 billion in funding for school districts and charters, is expected to save the state both time and money.

The system collects data including attendance, special services and transportation records. The department hopes to introduce the second phase of the system, which would include data on demographics, by 2017.

Department spokesman, Charles Tack, says the old system had been dysfunctional for years. He expects the new system will help ensure that funds are directed to the right place.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com

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