Douglas County School Lottery Goes Ahead Despite Lawsuit

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) – The Douglas County School District is going ahead with a lottery for the remaining 25 available scholarships for a school voucher plan despite a lawsuit filed by civil liberty groups.

The school district says tickets will be handed out Wednesday to 76 eligible Douglas County students.

Three civil liberties organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the voucher plan, claiming it violates the Colorado Constitution’s religious liberty provisions, which bar the use of public funds for religious schools.

The students will be qualified to receive $4,575 vouchers to attend one of 19 public or parochial schools next school year.

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