In December 2011, a Denver District Court judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Lobato v. State school funding lawsuit, finding the state’s spending formula for K-12 schools does not meet constitutional requirements for a “thorough and uniform” school system.
The next step for the case is expected to be review by the Colorado Supreme Court.
“We think it’s a great day for the children of Colorado,” said a jubilant Kathleen Gebhardt, one of the plaintiff’s attorneys, who was giving a presentation on the lawsuit at the Colorado Association of School Boards convention when she got the news. “We’re calling on the legislature to step up immediately and fix the problem.”
The ruling, which is being appealed by state officials, could mean billions more dollars poured into K-12 schools across the state.