Denver court decision in education suit says state is underfunding schools by billions
December 9, 2011
Denver — In a ruling that could have multibillion-dollar consequences, a Denver judge ruled Colorado's school funding system is not "thorough and uniform" as mandated by the state constitution.
The state's school funding system "is not rationally related to the mandate to establish and maintain a thorough and uniform system of free public schools," District Judge Sheila Rappaport said in her 186-page ruling.
The case, Lobato vs. State of Colorado, was filed in 2005 by a group of parents from across the state and school districts from the San Luis Valley. The suit alleges the state's current school-funding system fails to provide a "thorough and uniform" system of education as outlined in the Colorado Constitution.
Lawyers for the state, represented by Attorney General John Suthers' office, argued the question of how much should be spent on education should be left to the Legislature and voters. They also said more money alone is not necessarily the solution to better schools.
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