Judge orders state to pay attorney fees in education dispute

Kenny Knutson / KTUU
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A judge has ordered the state pay about $96,000 in attorneys' fees in a school funding dispute.

Superior Court Judge Daniel Schally last week ordered the state pay about $32,000 in attorneys' fees for the Legislative Council and about $64,000 in fees for the intervenor Coalition for Education Equity.

The Legislative Council last year sued Gov. Mike Dunleavy and members of his administration in a dispute over a practice known as forward funding.

The dispute stemmed from Attorney General Kevin Clarkson’s interpretation that the practice was improper. A Department of Law spokeswoman says the department appealed the underlying decision and is reviewing the order on attorneys' fees.

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