On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court struck down a school voucher program created by the Douglas County School District Board of Education in 2011. Under the program, which was never implemented due to the legal challenges, up to 500 scholarship recipients would receive about $5000 per year. While the court ruled that the petitioners had no standing to challenge the law under the Public School Finance Act, the court nevertheless found that the program itself violates the Colorado Constitution.
“While the court’s decision is disappointing to the many Colorado families who have waited many years for additional educational options,” said Agudath Israel of America’s Rabbi A. D. Motzen, “we welcome the school board’s announcement that it is considering an appeal to the US Supreme Court. The Colorado ruling was based on the state’s “Blaine Amendment” which bars funding for schools “controlled by any church or sectarian denomination.” The dissenting judges argued that the court should have examined the anti-Catholic history of the amendment and addressed whether or not the entire section was enforceable. A review of such laws would be a welcome development.”
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