The Colorado Supreme Court has voted 4-2 to overrule the 2011 Denver District Court decision that found the state’s school finance system unconstitutional, FOX31 reported Monday evening.
The television station reported that the opinion was available for a time Monday afternoon on the court’s website. No document was found later in the evening. The court usually releases opinions at 8 a.m. on Mondays, but the Lobato v. State ruling was scheduled for Tuesday release because of the holiday.
According to the document linked from the FOX31 article, the court’s opinion said: “The public school financing system enacted by the General Assembly complies with the Colorado Constitution. It is rationally related to the constitutional mandate that the General Assembly provide a ‘thorough and uniform’ system of public education. Colo. Const. art. IX, § 2 (the ‘Education Clause’). It also affords local school districts control over locally-raised funds and therefore over ‘instruction in the public schools.’ Colo. Const. art. IX, § 15 (the ‘Local Control Clause’). As such, the trial court erred when it declared the public school financing system unconstitutional. We accordingly reverse.”