DCSD Board of Education Meeting is Tuesday August 16th 2011
Early arrival is recommended.
Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board Meeting
Location: Mesa Middle School (MAP BELOW)
Time: 6:30PM Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
The DougCO Scholarship Voucher Program will be discussed tonight. Please see links below for various viewpoints on the topic. Feel free to leave links in the comments for other resources on the topic.
The loss of a child’s scholarship: The journey of three families – by Karen Piper - It was as if the earth’s rotations slowed down for a moment. Friday afternoon, August 12, 2011, and the Judge’s verdict was finally in. It was nearly two months since the ACLU, Taxpayers for Public Education and a few others had pressed suit against the Douglas County School District (DCSD) and the Colorado Department of Education for allowing 500 Dougco students to use tax-funds as scholarships in approved private schools. I am just a mom. None of my children were recipients of said scholarships. Yet, I was biting my nails and pacing as if my children were directly involved. MORE>>>
DougCO Voucher Disaster – By Barb Likos – Over the past 6 months I’ve been watching the controversy going on over school vouchers in the Douglas County School District here in Colorado. To give you a quick and dirty back story-Dougco, as it is locally referred to, was the first school district in Colorado to approve a voucher system that allows families to take some of the dollars earmarked for their child’s public school education and divert it to a school of their choice. The amount boiled down to $4,500 of the roughly $6,000 alotted to each child in Dougco. The parent could take that ‘scholarship’ and use it to pay for tuition at many area private schools that were approved by the district. The remaining 25% would go towards running the program and potentially offset any school classrooms that had a mass exodus due to the program.
Mile High Mamas Recommend:
- Opposition to school vouchers in Douglas County (2 letters) (eLetters)
- Should Douglas County schools start a voucher program? (6 letters) (eLetters)
- Mike Rosen’s support of Douglas County school vouchers (2 letters) (eLetters)
More than 500 kids may lose DougCO Scholarships – Karen Piper Douglas County Schools and the Colorado Department of Education are being sued by ACLU, a group called TaxPayers for Public Education, and a handful of citizens. The plaintiffs are challenging the legality of the Dougco Scholarship program claiming school funding laws do not permit government funds to go to private schools. MORE>>>
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — It’s back to square one for Douglas County schools, and 300 students who thought they’d be attending class on Monday through the state’s first voucher program. The program is now on hold and the district must decide if it will fight a court-ordered injunction by appealing a judge’s decision to stop the controversial voucher program.
- Judge halts Douglas County school voucher program(The Denver Post)
- Court hears testimony in case to stop Douglas County’s school-voucher program(The Denver Post)
- Injunction on Douglas County voucher program leaves families, schools in limbo (The Denver Post)