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May 2013

 

The Buck Stops There: Colorado Supreme Court Rules That Education Reform Depends on General Assembly

 
 
             
 

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Inside Law feature podcast: Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Public School Financing (5 minutes)

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On Tuesday, May 28, the Colorado Supreme Court held in State v. Lobato that the state's public school financing scheme meets the Colorado constitution's requirement for a "thorough and uniform" funding system, thus reversing a district court's finding that the system was unconstitutional.

The plaintiffs, parents and school-aged children, had been fighting an eight-year legal battle with the state of Colorado over what they called "inadequate public education funding." They argued that Colorado currently ranks 49th in the nation in per-pupil spending per $1,000 of personal income, and 45th in the nation for the amount of taxable resources dedicated to public education, and this amounted a violation of the State's obligations under the constitution.

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