DENVER (AP) – Closing arguments are expected soon in a lawsuit challenging a voucher program in Douglas County that could put tax money into religious schools.

Some parents are challenging a voucher system that so far has issued quarterly checks to pay tuition for about 200 students.

Opponents also say the program amounts to government sponsorship of religion because vouchers can be used at more than a dozen religious schools. School choice advocates insist the government is not sponsoring a religion because the checks go to parents, who are the ones who choose which school their children attend, including non-religious schools.

The hearing started Tuesday. Parents on both sides of the debate are testifying in the case, which will be decided by Denver Judge Michael Martinez.

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