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48 OK school districts sue state over edu. funds

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Posted at 7:22 AM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 08:22:33-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Forty-eight Oklahoma school districts want the state's top education agency to recalculate the state funding they were supposed to receive during a 22-year period and redistribute any over payments that other school districts may have received.

The districts filed a lawsuit Monday asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to order the Department of Education to correctly calculate state aid for what was due the schools districts between 1992 and 2014. The lawsuit asks that over payments to other school districts be redistributed to underpaid districts.

The lawsuit alleges taxpayers in counties where the 48 districts are located paid additional taxes during the 22 years that, according to state law, should have remained with the local schools.

The districts filing the lawsuit include those in Oklahoma City, Enid and Muskogee.