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Jul 18, 2012 8:35 PM by Kirsten Bennett

AG: Lawmakers should decide school funding

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Attorney General's office says that how the state funds schools should be up to the Legislature because it's a political question outside of the courts purview.

Government attorneys filed their defense Wednesday against a lawsuit that contends that how Colorado funds schools violates the constitution. The case is expected to be heard later this year by the state Supreme Court with major implications on the state budget.

A Denver District judge ruled last year that the state's educational funding system is "irrational and inadequate" and that there isn't a single district that is sufficiently funded.

The plaintiffs did not ask for a monetary amount but they estimate that state schools are underfunded by $4 billion.

State officials argue that figure could cripple the state budget.

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