Colorado Court To Hear School Voucher Appeal

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to review a Court of Appeals ruling that allowed one of Colorado’s first school voucher programs.

The Supreme Court said Monday constitutional issues are involved.

The appeals court said last year the Choice Scholarship Program does not violate the state Constitution.

In the original ruling, Denver District Judge Michael Martinez sided with a group of parents and the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. They argued the voucher program in Douglas County violated the separation of church and state because it gives scholarship checks that parents can use at religious schools.

ACLU spokesman Mark Silverstein says the state Constitution bars the voucher program, even though the U.S. Supreme Court allows it.

The Douglas County Board of Education did not return a call seeking comment.

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