Another win for the constitutionalists; in this instance the constitution of the state
This will be an interesting fight. The proponents of the voucher program say they will file an appeal with the SCOTUS as in 2002, it ruled in Zelman v. Simons-Harris that vouchers could be used to pay for tuition at religious schools.Colorado Court Rules Use of Public Funds for Private Schools Is Unconstitutional
DENVER — Colorado’s highest court on Monday struck down a voucher program that allowed parents in a conservative suburban school district to use taxpayer dollars to send their children to private schools.
The split decision to throw out the voucher program in Douglas County, Colorado’s third-largest school district, was a blow to conservative education advocates and those who want to redefine public education to funnel tax dollars directly to families who then choose the type of schooling they want for their children.
“This stark constitutional provision makes one thing clear,” Colorado’s chief justice, Nancy E. Rice, wrote in the court’s opinion. “A school district may not aid religious schools.”