Report: Ariz. districts' classroom spending drops

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PHOENIX -- A new report says the percentage of Arizona school district dollars reaching the classroom is dropping.

The Auditor General's Office annual review of school district spending also says some districts appear to be illegally replacing some regular classroom dollars with special supplemental funding coming from a sales-tax increase approved by voters.

The report released Friday for the 2007-2008 school year says the statewide percentage of dollars spent in the classroom was 57.3 percent, the lowest rate in eight years of spending monitored by the auditor general.

The report said districts' average classroom dollar percentage would have been more than two percentage points higher and teacher salaries about $7,500 higher without the supplanting.

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