Colorado Court Upholds School Vouchers

Overturns a block placed by a lower court


The Colorado Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling blocking one of Colorado's first school voucher programs, saying Douglas County's Choice Scholarship Program does not violate the state Constitution.

The Douglas County program offered up to 500 students $4,575 in state funds for tuition at private schools, including religious schools.

Taxpayers for Public Education and other groups filed suit, saying the program violated the constitutional separation of church and state.

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  1. Wohoo! Good for CO!

  2. My wife and I could have bought another house with the money we spent on private schools. I’m assuming the $4575 is per year.

  3. I never quite get how allowing *equal* access *regardless* of religion is supposed to be an establishment of religion. And I am and always have been a doctrinaire and militant antitheist.

    But I guess, it’s foolish of me to try to find the sense in it. The rationalization makes no sense; the motivation is to uphold the power of the state and the teacher’s union.

  4. The ACLU in this case lacks the civility to allow Colorado’s Douglas County families the liberty to choose schools for their own children. That is not liberty as I understand the word; that is not liberal.

    If Douglas County wins this case, it will have provided an incentive for school founders with forward-looking visions for their own children’s education to move to the county, and it will also be an incentive for other like-minded families concerned about freedom and about their own children’s future to move there or to jurisdictions with similar policies. The social planners in vogue right now are leaving many families behind, and many of us want better choices.

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