Voters in cities and counties throughout Colorado definitely had money on their minds on Tuesday night. But fortunately for the communities with funding measures on the ballot, what they had in mind was saying yes.
Schools and parents suing Colorado over how it funds education are urging the state Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that found the current system to be “irrational and inadequate.”
The Colorado Attorney General’s office is expected to file its arguments Wednesday against a lawsuit challenging how the Legislature funds schools in a case that’s being heard by the state Supreme Court later this year.
Colorado will appeal a judge’s ruling that the state’s school funding system violates the constitution.
A Denver judge has ruled in favor of school districts and parents who sued Colorado contending that the state’s education funding methods are unconstitutional.
It didn’t take a rocket scientist, or political scientist for that matter, to predict that voters were not in the mood to raise taxes in 2011. Governor John Hickenlooper came to that realization last year, so the fact that nearly every tax or mill levy increase in the metro failed is not a shocker.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is pitching more cuts to education to balance next year’s budget but the reductions aren’t as dramatic as previous years.
An attorney defending Colorado in a lawsuit over how it funds schools said Friday that plaintiffs want “an educational utopia, limited only by imagination,” but insisted that it’s a vision the state is not mandated to provide.
Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia acknowledged that inequities exist in education but says the state has met its constitutional obligation in how it funds its schools.
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