School funding method illegal, judge says

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Thank goodness their is a judge out there willing to take a stand and step up sending a message to arrogant, ill-informed, and uninformed politicians they cannot continue to mandate programs without funding them.  Too bad it took a group of parents rather than the state’s school boards to file the suit in bringing to light the inequities of school funding.  Kudos to the Lobato’s and others involved and good luck!

Many of these programs have nothing to do with the education of kids and are glorified political personal agenda additions that put the burden on schools to raise kids instead of parents and families.  Senator Hodge’s, “I’m blown away”, comment is typical of the arrogance of legislators who bring bills to the floor with support in passing unnecessary and ludicrous mandates that are burdensome to school districts and their budgets.  Particularly when they are un-funded!

Yes, the funding formula needs to be addressed but without costing a dime a vote could be taken tomorrow to drop some of these mandated programs that districts are forced to fund out of their own general funds!

Now, maybe, Senator Mary Hodge and other legislators will get the message!

Good luck to attorney Kathleen Gebhardt and the Lobato’s in winning the lawsuit and the appeal.  Where can I send my check in support?

This is a huge news story. Surely the case will be appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court, where it will become aparent that TABOR is as unconstitutional as the school funding. Legislators have zero ability to increase revenue in order to fill a $4-billion funding gap. The public just voted down a temporary fix. The University of Denver predicts that there will be no money for anything other than K-12, Medicare/Medicaid, and prisons within 10 years.  No higher education. No crime labs. No court system. Colorado may beat California to bankruptcy court.

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