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Old 06-30-15, 06:54 PM
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Colorado Court Rules Use of Public Funds for Private Schools is Unconstitutional

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/us...itutional.html

This was a very sound decision. Kudos!
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Old 06-30-15, 07:29 PM
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Good decision.
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Old 06-30-15, 08:15 PM
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Good decision.
Maybe.

It's a state court decision interpreting a clause in the Colorado state constitution. Interestingly, the article points out that the US Supreme Court upheld the Cleveland voucher program.

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Old 06-30-15, 09:08 PM
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https://www.dcsdk12.org/legal-counse...arship-program


School District is going to appeal to the Supreme Court.
They also said they might just give scholarships to students, which gets around the Blaine Amendment and has been ruled legal by SCOTUS.[scholarships go to the students, they pay the private school tuition]
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Old 06-30-15, 09:13 PM
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Maybe.

It's a state court decision interpreting a clause in the Colorado state constitution. Interestingly, the article points out that the US Supreme Court upheld the Cleveland voucher program.
I'm no law expert, but I think that the caveat was that there were a range of choices for voucher use in Cleveland, not just Catholic schools, so the church and state argument was not an issue.
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Old 06-30-15, 09:17 PM
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I'm no law expert, but I think that the caveat was that there were a range of choices for voucher use in Cleveland, not just Catholic schools, so the church and state argument was not an issue.
The Colorado district at issue had many participating non-religious private schools.
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Old 06-30-15, 09:17 PM
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https://www.dcsdk12.org/legal-counse...arship-program


School District is going to appeal to the Supreme Court.
They also said they might just give scholarships to students, which gets around the Blaine Amendment and has been ruled legal by SCOTUS.[scholarships go to the students, they pay the private school tuition]
Looking at their list of options briefly, I see some charter schools and quite a few Christian or Catholic schools, but no schools affiliated with other faiths. I'm not sure if that's the issue at hand.

One other interesting thing here is that the district itself is the one fighting to give its money away to students to use at other schools. Usually districts are opposed to these types of programs. If they're that dead-set on giving their students more choices, I suppose an intra-district magnet school program might do the trick?
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Old 06-30-15, 09:19 PM
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The Colorado district at issue had many participating non-religious private schools.
This is an odd case for a number of reasons, as I mentioned above. It seems like what they're offering passes the Supreme Court's litmus test. I'm going to read more about what's going on here.
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Old 06-30-15, 09:34 PM
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This is an odd case for a number of reasons, as I mentioned above. It seems like what they're offering passes the Supreme Court's litmus test. I'm going to read more about what's going on here.
Basically, the money went directly to the schools instead going to the students who then paid the schools.
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