Decision in Lobato v Colorado Board of Education case due next week

DENVER - The Colorado Supreme Court will issue a decision May 28 on whether the state's public schools are adequately funded.

The landmark Lobato v State of Colorado Board of Education case was argued before the court last March and challenged the adequacy of public education funding in Colorado.

In 2005, "Children's Voices" filed suit on behalf of fourteen school districts in the San Luis Valley, claiming the current school-funding system failed to provide "thorough and uniform" education required by the state constitution. Taylor Lobato, a Center High School graduate, is a named plaintiff in the lawsuit.

A Denver district judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in 2011 and the state education board appealed the judge's ruling.

The plaintiffs claim state education funding is inadequate in all school districts and the state legislature never determined the actual costs of providing the education it requires of school districts.  They claim state funding of education falls about $4 billion short.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said in a previous statement, " This case could alter the relationship between the people of Colorado and their government for decades to come."

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