DENVER Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia acknowledged that inequities exist in education but says the state has met its constitutional obligation in how it funds its schools.
Garcia took the stand Wednesday as the governments first witness in a lawsuit challenging Colorados education funding system. Garcia says he favors giving schools more resources but that additional funding alone wont produce better results.
The 2005 lawsuit filed in Denver District Court contends the Colorado Legislatures method of funding schools violates the state constitutions promise to provide a thorough and uniform education system. The lawsuit claims students in the poorest communities are not receiving an appropriate education.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican Attorney General John Suthers say the state cannot afford to spend as much as plaintiffs want on schools.
Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 is one of the plaintiffs in the case. Plaintiffs want the courts to declare that Colorado is violating its own constitution by depriving students of a quality education a verdict that could require billions of dollars more to be spent on schools.
Cortez Middle School teacher Justine Bayles, and Kemper Elementary School teacher Matt Keefauver testified in the case Aug. 13.