Judge rules Colorado fails to provide enough for schools

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December 20, 2011

By Valerie Richardson-The Washington Times

DENVER — That sound you don’t hear is Colorado lawmakers holding their breath over a court case that could upend the cash-strapped state’s budget and tax structure.

Denver District Court Judge Sheila Rappaport ruled in Lobato v. Colorado that the state’s funding system fails to provide the “thorough and uniform” education required by the constitution. She called the system “significantly underfunded,” even though Colorado now spends $3.2 billion, or about 45 percent of the $7 billion annual state budget, on K-12 education.

“There is not enough money in the system to permit school districts across the state to properly implement standards-based education and to meet the requirements of state law and regulation,” Judge Rappaport wrote in her Dec. 9 opinion. “There is not one school district that is sufficiently funded. This is an obvious hallmark of an irrational system.”

How much would it take to fund the state education system? The judge declined to name a dollar figure, but in her 189-page decision she cited a study introduced by the plaintiffs that called for an additional $2 billion to $4 billion per year.

That would require the state to devote 89 percent of the general fund to K-12 education, according to estimates by the attorney general’s office. The judge stayed her own ruling until the end of the 2012 legislative session, expected next summer.

Attorney General John Suthers is expected to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court, which is the only reason state budget crunchers are not yet in full-fledged panic mode.

“I suppose you could basically shut down every other discretionary thing in the state budget,” said Independence Institute research director David Kopel on Friday’s edition of “Colorado Inside Out” on Colorado Public Television.

“We could get rid of higher education, get rid of the Colorado state patrol, get rid of every social service program we have in order to throw money into this sinkhole that Judge Rappaport pretends is mandatory under the constitution,” he said.

To read more, visit: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/19/judge-rules-colorado-fails-to-provide-enough-for-s/

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