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Alaska's high court stays lower court ruling in school funding case pending appeal by state

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JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Supreme Court has granted the state's motion for a stay of a lower court ruling pending an appeal in a lawsuit over public education funding.

A superior court judge last November invalidated the state's requirement that local municipalities help pay for education. Judge William Carey ruled the contribution is a dedicated fund, which violate the state constitution's provision that no state tax or license will be earmarked for any special purpose.

The lawsuit was brought by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

State legislators, grappling with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit amid low oil prices, have been following the case. The attorney general's office is scheduled to brief the House Education Committee on the lawsuit Friday.

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