Colorado Supreme Court to hear school voucher debate

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Colorado's highest court will decide the constitutionality of a Douglas County School District pilot program that would use taxpayer dollars to offer private school vouchers to hundreds of students.

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would examine whether the Court of Appeals made a mistake when it determined that the school district's voucher program did not violate the state's constitution.

A decision from the Supreme Court would help bring closure to a three-year legal battle that began when a newly-elected conservative school board voted to implement the Choice Scholarship Program, which would offer private school vouchers to about 500 public school students. The school district would give each student $4,575 to pay tuition costs at private schools under the program; the plan is on hold pending the lawsuit's outcome.

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