Colorado Makes Demands on Districts Involved in Lawsuit

Last Updated: June 25, 2010

This article appeared in the June 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

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State attorneys are asking 150 Colorado school districts to produce documents dating back to 2005 as part of the state’s defense in the Lobato school funding suit. The districts are those not involved in the lawsuit, and the state hopes the information will help to build their case against the plaintiff districts who have sued them.

Cost estimates for the document production from some districts are as high as $76,000. Kathleen Gebhardt, plaintiff attorney and Rural Trust board member, calls the extensive requests “concerning.”

The plaintiff coalition in Lobato continues to add members including rural Moffat County Schools. Some districts are contributing to the costs of the suit currently supported by the Colorado Association of School Boards. The Colorado Supreme Court allowed the case to go forward last fall, and it is expected to go to trial sometime next year.

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