Colorado received poor grades in a national report that examined how fairly public schools are funded.
The Colorado Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that has major implications for how much money school districts get from the state.
During the mid-90s, the state spent $500 less per student than the national average. But by 2011-12, the gap measured between $1,800 and $2,800.
The ruling keeps alive a lawsuit against the state's reduction of education funding.
Plaintiffs say the “negative factor” is unconstitutional and want the courts to declare that Amendment 23 requires increasing education funding, not slashing it.
The second half of the legislative session is proving to be a busy one for the education committee, including what one writer calls the most intense education debate in several years.
Enrollment is on the rise in public schools across Colorado. But the surge comes as funding for kids and classrooms takes a takes big hit.
Taylor Lobato of Center, CO, one of the lead plaintiffs in State v. Lobato, talks with Center School District Superintendent George Welsh Tuesday. [Photo: CPR/JBrundin]