A new anti-voucher majority on a suburban Denver school board has ended a long-running battle over whether the district could use taxpayer money to help students attend secular or religious schools.
Douglas County's school board voted late Monday in favor of a resolution to end its voucher program as well as litigation in a case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
The case involves a 2011 attempt by a conservative-dominated board to let students attend a school of their choice using taxpayer-funded vouchers. The program has been tied up in litigation.
Douglas County is a national example in the school voucher movement. It's the only school district where vouchers were implemented by a school board, as opposed to a state legislature.
One of the seven board members abstained from voting because he's a plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the voucher program. All of the other board members voted to end the program.
Douglas County School District is Colorado’s third largest school district and serves more than 68,000 students.