Colorado ranks 42nd in the country when it comes to spending per student. Patching up the state budget means that spending could decrease further.
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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.