School district sues city to increase funding

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WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Public school officials in Warwick have sued the city, claiming the district is underfunded.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Superior Court by the Warwick School Committee asks for a $4.9 million increase in funding for the 2018-2019 school year. School officials say the budget isn't enough to meet regulations or support contracts. The current budget is $164.7 million.

According to the suit, an outside audit found that the district was underfunded.

The complaint is supported by the Caruolo Act, which allows a district to sue if it believes a budget approved by a municipality isn't sufficient.

City Council President Steven Merolla says the district budget is more than enough. Other critics say the district can use money it saved from school closings to support new costs.

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