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Colorado Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to States Education Finance System

On May 28, 2013, the Colorado Supreme Court struck down a challenge to Colorado’s education finance system.  The case originated in 2005 when a group of school districts, parents, and students brought suit against the state.  In 2011, the Denver District Court ruled for the plaintiffs, finding that the finance system was not rationally related to providing a “thorough and uniform” system of public education as required by the Colorado Constitution.  During the appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Boards of Cooperative Education Services Association, Colorado Rural Caucus, and the Rural School and Community Trust filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs, authored by the Firm.  Dissents by Chief Justice Michael Bender and Justice Gregory Hobbs highlighted many of the issues discussed in the amicus brief.