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Colorado Supreme Court rules Douglas County School District school voucher is unconstitutional

by Deb Stanley

by Deb Stanley

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that Douglas County’s school voucher program is unconstitutional.

Taxpayers for Public Education originally sued the Douglas County School District in 2011, contending that DougCo’s voucher system violated the Colorado Constitution and the Public School Finance Act.

The court issued a ruling Monday, reversing the Colorado Court of Appeals’ previous decision that upheld the voucher program. It also ordered the Court of Appeals to return the case to the original, trial court so that an order permanently enjoining the Choice Scholarship Pilot Program (CSP) can be reinstated.

Specifically, Monday’s ruling states that CSP violated article IX, section 7 of the Colorado Constitution. That section reads:

Neither the general assembly, nor any county, city, town, township, school district or other public corporation, shall ever make any appropriation, or pay from any public fund or moneys whatever, anything in aid of any church or sectarian society, or for any sectarian purpose, or to help support or sustain any school, academy, seminary, college, university or other literary or scientific institution, controlled by any church or sectarian denomination whatsoever; nor shall any grant or donation of land, money or other personal property, ever be made by the state, or any such public corporation to any church, or for any sectarian purpose.

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