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  • 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 Court held that the program, which allowed both religious and secular private schools to participate, violated the Colorado constitution’s Blaine amendment (forbidding aid to religious schools). Petitions for Writ of Certiorari were filed in the fall of 2015, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted the case, vacated the June 2015 decision of the Colorado Supreme Court, and sent the case back to the Colorado Supreme Court with instruction to reconsider the constitutionality of the Douglas County Choice Scholarship program in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Trinity Lutheran v Comer. Learn more about the program’s details on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations, legal history, and more.

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