The Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments on an historic education funding case Thursday. Parents and several school districts have sued the state for failing to offer a uniform and thorough education system and not putting enough money into schools. A lower court agreed with the plaintiffs and now a final decision rests with the state’s highest court. A decision is still months away, but Bente Birkeland takes a closer look at the case as part of our capitol conversation series.

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