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Colorado Will Appeal Ruling On School Funding

DENVER (AP) – Colorado will appeal a judge’s ruling that the state’s school funding system violates the constitution.

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday that the state will ask the Colorado Supreme Court to review the case.

Earlier this month, a Denver judge sided with parents and 21 school districts challenging the funding system, calling it “irrational and inadequate.”

The state Supreme Court will decide whether to consider the case once lawyers file a petition.

Hickenlooper says the decision provided little practical guidance on how the state should fund a “thorough and uniform” education system, as required by the state constitution. He also faulted the judge for not addressing other parts of the constitution which affect state spending — the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, the Gallagher Amendment and Amendment 23.

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