Colorado ranks 42nd in the country when it comes to spending per student. Patching up the state budget means that spending could decrease further.
The legal tussle centered on Amendment 23, a requirement to increase per-pupil spending each year.
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.
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.