Taylor Lobato, the Center High School graduate who is a named plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the adequacy of public education funding in Colorado, will speak to the media Thursday, March 7, at 11:00 a.m., at the Colorado Supreme Court following the presentation of oral arguments by the parties in Lobato v. State of Colorado. Ms. Lobato will be joined by Kathy Gebhardt and Terry Miller, two of the lead attorneys for the plaintiffs.
The Colorado Supreme Court is hearing the State defendants’ appeal of Denver District Court Judge Sheila Rappaport’s December 2011 ruling that Colorado’s public school funding is “irrational, arbitrary, and severely underfunded,” and therefore violates the Colorado Constitution. Key findings of that decision are listed at this link to the Children’s Voices website.
“This case has been ongoing for eight years”, said Gebhardt. “During that time, the violation of Colorado children’s constitutional rights has continued: school budgets have been cut, mandates added, class sizes increased, school hours decreased, student populations increased, and the number of teachers decreased. The trial court, after hearing evidence for five weeks, found that the current system of school finance is not only unconstitutional but unconscionable.
“It is time for Colorado to step up and provide the best possible high-quality education to every child by enacting a funding system that ensures every child has the opportunity to succeed. A high-quality, 21st century education is vital to Colorado’s ability to be successful in a global economy,” Gebhardt added.
Media covering the press conference should be in place by 10:30 a.m. in front of the Courthouse. There is no need to RSVP.