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State School Superintendent John Huppenthal boasts Monday of improvements in overall academic performance in Arizona schools despite "stresses" like cuts in state aid. Huppenthal said he wants lawmakers to boost funding or at least settle a lawsuit over withheld inflation funding. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

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Huppentahl says school grades evidence of need for more financial support

Saying schools have proven they can do better, the state's top education official said Monday it's time for lawmakers to provide more cash -- or at least settle the lawsuit over withheld inflation funding.