The program was enacted by an earlier conservative-dominated board to help public school students attend secular and religious schools with taxpayer-funded vouchers.
In light of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, the U.S. Supreme Court has sent DougCo voucher cases back to Colorado for another look.
The justices' action Tuesday follows a ruling a day earlier that was cheered by religious rights groups
Nic Garcia of Chalkbeat Colorado says while Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education supports school vouchers, actually bringing them to Colorado would be an uphill climb.
There's a new twist in a legal battle the stretches back to 2011 over using taxpayer dollars to fund private education.
- The lawsuit seeks to frame the case as a federal civil rights action.Read more
- This version does not provide vouchers for tuition at religious schools, like an earlier proposal.Read more
- The county argues that the amendment blocking public money from going to religious schools has its roots in anti-Catholic bigotry and violates the U.S. Constitution.Read more
Opponents brought a lawsuit because they say that Douglas Count's program would allow taxpayer dollars to flow directly to religious schools, which they argue is unconstitutional.
The voucher program would allow 500 county students to get assistance to attend private and parochial schools.