Colo. Gov. Will Appeal Court Decision on School Funding

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to appeal the state supreme court's decision in a lawsuit regarding public school funding, the governor announced Wednesday.
by | December 22, 2011
 

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to appeal the state supreme court's decision in a lawsuit regarding public school funding, he said Wednesday.

Denver District Judge Sheila Rappaport ruled earlier this month that the state's school funding is not "thorough and uniform" as required in the state's constitution, the Denver Post reported. Rappaport had heard arguments in Lobato vs. State of Colorado, filed in 2005, which alleged that the state has never calculated what "thorough and uniform" funding should be, according to the Post.

Rappaport gave state lawmakers a "reasonable amount of time" to establish a new funding system. Education has faced frequent budget cuts as the state's revenue has dwindled, according to the Post, and Colorado residents voted in November to turn down a tax increase that would have provided a $3 billion increase for schools.

In a statement Wednesday, Hickenlooper said that he had decided to move forward with an appeal after consulting with state Attorney General John Suthers.

“The judge’s decision provided little practical guidance on how the state should fund a ‘thorough and uniform’ system of public education," Hickenlooper said. "There are more appropriate venues for a vigorous and informed public debate about the state’s spending priorities. We look forward to a swift decision in this case so the people of Colorado and their elected representatives can participate in the school funding conversation.”

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