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Lobato v. the State of Colorado: The Adequacy Lawsuit

In a December ruling, Denver District Court Judge Sheila Rappaport ruled in favor of the Plaintiffs in the case of Lobato v. the State of Colorado. The lawsuit challenged both the state system's level of funding and the method for determining funding, including the Public School Finance Act, categorical programs and capital construction. Both Gov. John Hickenlooper and the State Board of Education have decided to appeal the ruling. CASB will keep you up-to-date on this important case with Legal Updates and this webpage. 

 

Read the Brief of Amici Curiae submitted by CASB and CASE
in support of the school districts and students. 
 

CASB Legal Updates on Lobato

Dec. 14, 2011: Court Finds in Favor of Lobato Plaintiffs

July 29, 2011: Update on Lobato v. State of Colorado

Oct. 22, 2009: Supreme Court allows School Finance Adequacy Lawsuit to Proceed

 


Background

Trial in the lawsuit challenging Colorado’s school funding system opened in Denver District Court Aug. 1, 2011. Lobato v. State of Colorado challenges both the state system’s level of funding and the method of determining funding, including the Public School Finance Act, categorical programs and capital construction.

The plaintiffs – a group of 26 parents and 21 school districts – say the state’s current system does not meet constitutional requirements.” The defendants say requiring more funding for education would bankrupt the already cash-strapped state.

The court ruled Dec. 9, 2011 in favor of the plaintiffs.


Connect to the trial:

On Twitter: @TheLobatoCase or #lobatocase
Online: lobatocase.org


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