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    Colorado – Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program


    The Douglas County Choice Scholarship program is the country’s first district-created, nearly universal school voucher program. The program, which is authorized by the public school district, was enacted and launched in 2011. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled the program unconstitutional in June 2015. The ruling has been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of the United States, where a petition for certiori has been pending since October, 2015. In response to delay at the high court resulting from the untimely death of Justice Scalia, the Douglas County school board created a revised voucher program that excludes religious schools. That program is set to begin in the fall of 2016. Learn more about the program’s details on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations, legal history and more.
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Colorado Supreme Court Rules Douglas County Vouchers Unconstitutional

Today the Colorado Supreme Court delivered a disappointing decision for hundreds of Douglas County students by ruling the first locally established school choice program in the country—the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Pilot Program—unconstitutional. About the Program The Douglas County Board of Education unanimously voted to create the program in March 2011, enacting the first and […]

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Colorado K–12 And School Choice Survey

The Colorado K12 & School Choice Survey examines Coloradans’ views on the state of K–12 education and various education reforms. The poll examines Colorado voters’ knowledge of school funding and probes voters’ reasoning for supporting or opposing policies like school vouchers, education savings accounts (ESAs), and charter schools. The survey also includes several split-sample questions for further insights into voters’ knowledge and opinions.

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How School Vouchers Work

In this short video, viewers can learn about school vouchers—what they are, how they’re funded and how they help kids and families. Watch this video to understand the basics of how families apply for and use vouchers to choose private schools that best fit the needs of their children.

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