Jul 18, 2012 4:09 PM by Matt Stafford

AG Supreme Court filing due in school funding suit

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Attorney General's office is expected to file its arguments against a lawsuit challenging how the Legislature funds schools in a case that's being heard by the state Supreme Court later this year.

Wednesday is the deadline for government attorneys to file their legal brief.

A Denver District judge ruled last year that the state's educational funding system is "irrational and inadequate." The lawsuit argues that the state's education funding formula is unconstitutional and leaves students in poor districts at a disadvantage.

The plaintiffs did not ask for a monetary amount but they estimate that state schools are underfunded by $4 billion.

Government officials argue that education funding has grown during the last 20 years and that the state budget would be crippled if Colorado loses the lawsuit.


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