After years of legal battles, a school board in Colorado has abruptly ended its school voucher program.
The Douglas County school voucher program was unique in that it was implemented by the school board, not the state legislature. But last November, voucher opponents garnered a majority on the board and have since voted the vouchers out of existence. Attorney Michael Bindas of the Institute for Justice defended the program.
"It's unfortunate for the program, unfortunate for children in Douglas County, and really unfortunate in that it prevents us from getting final resolution on the constitutionality of school choice in Colorado," the senior attorney explains.
While the Douglas County School Board vote was a setback, Bindas says the door is wide open for other districts to establish vouchers.
"The bottom line here is this was by no means a legal loss for school choice," he states. "It was a political loss certainly in that the program was repealed, but the path is still clear for the next school district that wants to attempt to do what Douglas County did."
Colorado's Supreme Court ruled the vouchers unconstitutional in 2015, sending the case to the U.S. Supreme Court – which remanded it back to the Colorado justices for reconsideration.