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May 31, 2013
Justices reverse roles in Lobato decision
Last Tuesday’s Colorado Supreme Court 4-2 ruling in the Lobato v. State school funding case saw two court justices reversing the roles they played in an earlier Lobato ruling.
May 28, 2013
High court reverses Lobato ruling
Updated - The Colorado Supreme Court has overturned a lower court decision and ruled the state’s school finance system is constitutional. With reaction
March 7, 2013
Lawyers make last Lobato case pitches
Familiar points were made in a highly condensed form as lawyers argued the Lobato v. State school-funding case before the Colorado Supreme Court.
October 9, 2012
Lobato case makes lots of “friends”
You might think the Lobato v. State school funding case was a Facebook page, given how many friend-of-the-court briefs it’s attracted.
September 26, 2012
Lobato plaintiffs pick apart state’s case
Plaintiffs in the Lobato school funding case attack the state’s defense head-on in a new brief filed with the Colorado Supreme Court.
August 14, 2012
Gebhardt gets construction board seat
The lead plaintiffs’ lawyer in the Lobato school funding case has been appointed to the state school construction board.
July 18, 2012
State lays out its Lobato appeal
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers argues the Lobato lawsuit ruling should be overturned because school funding is the legislature’s business.
July 13, 2012
Regents to weigh in on Lobato
The CU Regents have voted to file a brief supporting the state in the Lobato school funding case, and other briefs may be coming.
May 7, 2012
Lobato resolution killed
Updated - A Senate committee has killed the resolution proposing the legislature intervene in the Lobato case.
May 3, 2012
Stepping back from the brink
The Senate Education Committee wrestled with a potentially explosive change to the school funding bill Thursday but didn’t pull the trigger.
April 17, 2012
A Lobato debate in the House?
The House may get a chance to debate an issue lawmakers have been avoiding all session – the Lobato school funding case.
January 23, 2012
Monday Churn: Lobato appeal notice
Updated -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has filed the state's notice of appeal in the Lobato case, as expected.
January 18, 2012
Suthers: Lobato appeal could take a year
Attorney General John Suthers speculated about the possible effect of the Lobato case on key constitutional amendments.
December 26, 2011
State board of education appeals Lobato
Updated - The State Board of Education has voted 4-3 to appeal a judge’s ruling in the Lobato school funding case.
December 21, 2011
Hick appeals Lobato ruling
Gov. John Hickenlooper is appealing the Lobato court decision, but the State Board of Education is still thinking about it.
December 21, 2011
Wednesday Churn: Lobato appeal set
Updated - Gov. John Hickenlooper is appealing the Lobato court decision; State Board delays vote.
December 16, 2011
Education angst bared at JBC hearing
Hopes, fears and frustrations about schools and state finances were at the boiling point Friday during a legislative hearing.
December 13, 2011
Lobato case dominates discussion
The Lobato lawsuit took center stage Tuesday at the last meeting of a group that’s been considering new school finance systems.
December 12, 2011
Ruling a clean sweep for Lobato plaintiffs
A judge’s ruling in the Lobato school funding case represents a complete legal victory for the parents and school districts that brought the case.
December 9, 2011
Victory for Lobato plaintiffs
A judge agrees the state education system is underfunded; plaintiffs say it's time for lawmakers to step up
September 2, 2011
Lobato 9/2: A long chapter closes
Five weeks of Lobato trial testimony and uncounted documents got summed up in less than three hours of lawyers’ speeches Friday.
September 1, 2011
Lobato 9/1: One last speed bump
Two top state education officials hedged Thursday on the cost of education reform, and the state didn’t quite finish its case.
September 1, 2011
Thursday Churn: The end is near
The Lobato trial is winding down, and the Education Leadership Council finally is starting up.
August 30, 2011
Lobato 8/30: Bob Schaffer sticks to his guns
State Board of Education chairman Bob Schaffer has a firm opinion about the meaning of a thorough and uniform education
August 29, 2011
Lobato 8/29: Can’t fire your way to Finland
One Lobato case expert took apart another expert’s claims during video testimony Monday.
August 26, 2011
Lobato 8/26: Moloney opines
Former education Commissioner William Moloney played true to type during testimony in the Lobato school funding trial.
August 25, 2011
Lobato 8/25: Money and scores
The state’s top expert witness in the Lobato case Thursday stuck to his guns on the lack of a link between funding and achievement.
August 24, 2011
Lobato 8/24: Garcia on the grill
Opposing lawyers put Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia through grueling cross examination as the state opened its case in the Lobato lawsuit. Expanded version
August 23, 2011
Lobato 8/23: Trial tone set to shift
Testimony about the challenges facing the Mapleton schools wound up the plaintiffs’ case in the Lobato trial Tuesday.
August 19, 2011
Lobato 8/19: A high-profile witness
Stanford education expert Linda Darling-Hammond used a Denver courtroom Friday to give a seminar on teaching and implementation of standards-based reforms.
August 18, 2011
Lobato 8/18: Sheridan’s story
The steep challenges facing the Sheridan schools were laid out in painful detail at the Lobato trial Thursday.
August 17, 2011
Lobato 8/17: Costs of dropping out
Invest now or pay later was the message delivered by an education economist at the Lobato trial on Wednesday.
August 16, 2011
Lobato 8/16: Preschool report card
A national expert gives Colorado’s preschool program good marks for potential but a low grade for effectiveness. Plus video evidence
August 15, 2011
Lobato 8/15: Budget cuts a tradeoff
The method the state uses to cut K-12 spending effectively wipes out funding for at-risk students, a witness testified Monday in the Lobato case.
August 12, 2011
Lobato 8/12: The first real clash
Amendment 23 author Cary Kennedy had a rough cross-examination as the Lobato trial ended its second week.
August 11, 2011
EdNews Lobato case primer
Is the system Colorado uses to pay for its schools constitutional? That short but infinitely complex question is the focus of the five-week trial in the case of Lobato v. State.
August 10, 2011
Lobato 8/10: Teachers have a say
Emotional testimony from two Cortez teachers about the effects of tight budgets highlighted Lobato trial testimony Wednesday.
August 9, 2011
Lobato 8/9: John Barry is frustrated
Accelerating student achievement gains isn’t possible under current school funding, Aurora Superintendent John Barry fears.
August 8, 2011
Lobato 8/8: Digging into cost details
Fully funding Colorado schools could cost up to half again as much as is spent now, a school finance expert testified Monday.
August 5, 2011
Lobato 8/5: Key expert weighs in
Colorado’s school funding system is especially hard on schools with lots of at-risk kids, a national expert believes.
August 3, 2011
Lobato 8/3: Student takes stand
Nineteen-year-old Taylor Lobato had been waiting for this day for five years. Wednesday was her day in court. With 9News video
August 2, 2011
Lobato 8/2: A history lesson
A DU professor Tuesday tried to shed some light on the phrase at the heart of the Lobato school funding case.
August 1, 2011
Lobato 8/1: Center in spotlight
The 580-student Center School District was the focus of opening day in the Lobato v. State school funding lawsuit.
July 31, 2011
All sides hustle to tell Lobato stories
Each party in the Lobato school finance lawsuit has scrambled to put its spin on the case as the start of the trial nears
July 28, 2011
Curtain rises on historic Lobato trial
Is the system Colorado uses to pay for its schools constitutional? That complex question is the focus of a major trial opening Monday.
March 1, 2010
Lawsuit: Education clause trumps TABOR
The revised school-funding lawsuit argues that the state constitutional requirement for “a thorough and uniform system" of schools takes precedence over TABOR and other "procedural" amendments.
October 19, 2009
High court revives Lobato “adequacy” suit
The Colorado Supreme Court Monday restarted the debate over school funding adequacy with a 4-3 ruling. (Updated story.)
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