In a School Reform News story about Kansas’ school funding battle in the courts, senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow shared his thoughts on a similar case in Colorado, Lobato, that resulted in a Supreme Court loss for those trying to get additional funding:
Had the courts imposed such a mandate, it would have required a combination of cuts to other state budget items and asking voters to raise taxes, DeGrow said. “Interestingly enough, we got a pretty clear answer to that later in 2013, when 65 percent of Colorado voters rejected a billion-dollar tax hike for schools,” said DeGrow. “Most voters remain unconvinced that new dollars would reach the classroom and directly benefit students, or that funds would be distributed fairly. Fortunately, we have the opportunity to resolve disputes and make needed policy changes through our elected legislators and school boards, not through the courts.”
Learn more on our Colorado school finance issues page.