This comes as no surprise. Today, Gov. John Hickenlooper announces that the state has decided to move forward in appealing the decision of Denver District Judge Sheila Rappaport, which in part found in favor of the plaintiff's argument that the state fails to uphold its constitutional responsibility to provide a thorough and uniform education throughout Colorado.
From the governor's press statement:
The judge’s decision provided little practical guidance on how the state should fund a ‘thorough and uniform’ system of public education. Moreover, while the judge focused on the inadequacy of state funding, she did not reconcile this issue with other very relevant provisions of the Constitution, including the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, the Gallagher Amendment and Amendment 23.
“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.
The case has been winding its way through the courts since 2005.
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