Douglas County Parents would like to congratulate Taxpayers for Public Education and the other plaintiffs on their monumental victory in the Colorado Supreme Court today. Today’s ruling that the Douglas County School District’s Choice Scholarship Program, also known as the voucher program, is unconstitutional gives us hope for the future of public education in Douglas County and puts an end to the diversion of taxpayer money into private schools. As stated in the decision, “A plurality of the supreme court further holds, however, that the CSP violates article IX, section 7 of the Colorado Constitution. Accordingly, the supreme court reverses the judgment of the court of appeals and remands the case to that court with instructions to return the case to the trial court so that the trial court may reinstate its order permanently enjoining the CSP.”
“We are elated that the Colorado Supreme Court has recognized the tremendous and far reaching implications of the Douglas County voucher program, finding that it is both illegal and unconstitutional,” said Cindy Barnard, President, TFPE.
We believe public schools are one of the cornerstones of democracy and that all children of Colorado, regardless of income, deserve a free and equitable public education, and are hopeful that this decision will herald a new day in Douglas County, where the good of the entire community is put ahead of political ideologies and agendas that benefit just a few.