Sunday, July 19, 2015

Colorado Supreme Court’s & the Douglas County school voucher plan

Edd Doerr's (Silver Spring, Md.) letter on the Douglas County school voucher plan was published in the Denver Post on July 2, 2015. Curiously, a Post editorial on June 29 angrily denounced the ruling, thus thumbing its nose at the state constitution, the voters of the state, the public schools, religious liberty, and the principle of church-state separation.  

The Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling [June 29]  against the Douglas County school voucher plan was a great victory for public education and religious liberty, the right of taxpayers not to be compelled to support religious institutions. The ruling lined up nicely with the view of Colorado voters, who rejected vouchers at the polls in 1992 and 1998 by a landslide average margin of 63.5 percent to 36.5 percent.

In 28 state referendum elections from coast to coast between 1966 and 2014, millions of voters rejected vouchers or their variants by an almost identical margin, most recently in Hawaii in 2014 and in Florida in 2012.

Taxpayers for Public Education (one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Douglas County schools) is to be commended for its efforts.

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