Schools ask Colo. court to uphold funding ruling

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DENVER (AP) -- School districts suing Colorado over how it funds education are urging the state Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that found the current system to be "irrational and inadequate."

The plaintiffs said in a filing late Tuesday that the way Colorado funds education prevents districts from teaching an up-to-date curriculum and leaves low-income students disadvantaged.

State attorneys argued in a July filing that how Colorado funds education should be decided by lawmakers, not the courts. The state appealed after losing in Denver District Court last year.

Attorneys for the school districts say the ruling in their favor does not strip the Legislature's discretion over funding.

The case can drastically change how lawmakers fund schools, or force the state to find additional revenue.

A date for oral arguments has not been set.