ELL DuelWASHINGTON – Arizona has had the nation’s third-steepest cuts in the rate of its per-pupil spending since the start of the recession, according to a national study released Thursday. The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said most states saw some drop, but Arizona’s 17.5 percent decrease trailed only Oklahoma and Alabama. Advocates said the cuts have led to bigger classes, teacher shortages and the elimination of full-day kindergarten, and are more reason to support a court-ordered restoration of $300 million by the legislature for failure to adjust school funds for inflation.

By Miranda Rivers.