Court rejects appeal seeking $2B more for schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -  

A state appeals court has rejected a petition from a coalition of school districts and education groups seeking to redirect more than $2 billion to schools.
   The governor's administration announced Wednesday that the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco dismissed the appeal, which was led by the California School Boards Association.
   The coalition argued that lawmakers violated the state constitution by shortchanging schools and community colleges in the 2011-12 fiscal year budget. It said the state diverted about 1 percentage point of the sales tax for local public safety programs in such a way that it would not count toward school funding.
   In its opinion, signed Tuesday, the court found the issue moot after voters in November approved a tax increase allowing that portion of the sales tax to be excluded.
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