Douglas County appeals to U.S. Supreme Court on vouchers

After losing the legal battle in the Colorado Supreme Court over its school voucher program, the Douglas County School District is taking the case to the highest court in America. 9NEWS at 5 p.m. 09/02/15.

CASTLE ROCK - After losing the legal battle in the Colorado Supreme Court over its school voucher program, the Douglas County School District is taking the case to the highest court in America.

"Today we announce that we will be seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of our case. To achieve that end, we have retained the very best legal minds in the country to make our argument that the June 29 opinion runs afoul of the United States Constitution," Kevin Larsen, Douglas County School Board President, said in a statement.

The school district launched the Choice Scholarship Program in 2011, which would give parents money to send their kids to a list of approved private schools in the area. Most of those schools were tied to religious institutions. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that it was a violation of the Colorado State Constitution to send public money to those schools citing the separation of church and state.

The Douglas County School District plans to challenge that part of the constitution that the district refers to as the "Blaine Amendment" stating that it is discriminatory against religious schools.

"The ruling by Colorado's highest court paves the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to evaluate the constitutionality of Colorado's Blaine Amendment, which is an ugly part of no fewer than 37 state constitutions," Larsen said in a statement.

One of the plaintiffs in the case against the Douglas County School District is not worried about the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The group Taxpayers for Public Education released this statement:

"Ever since the Colorado Supreme Court issued its decision striking down the Douglas County School District's voucher program, DCSD and the other defendants and intervenors in this action have made it clear that they planned to file a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court. Taxpayers for Public Education is confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will let stand the order of the Colorado Supreme Court striking down the voucher program."

(© 2015 KUSA)


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