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It's Tax (Credit) Season

on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:16

It seems like every legislative season the Colorado State Senate puts forth another attempt to pass Income Tax Credits for Non-public Schools (SB17-39). Tax credits are back door vouchers that defund and threaten the very existence of a fair, appropriate and equitable public education system that meets the needs of all children.

This program would lead us back to the days of segregated schools by diverting public monies to private institutions that may discriminate on the basis of socioeconomic status, religion, academic ability, athletic skill, special education needs, as well as sexual

DeVos Confirmed

on Sun, 02/12/2017 - 21:35

Dear Friends,

While we are disheartened by the confirmation of Ms. DeVos for Secretary of Education, we want to take a minute to thank public school supporters for making phone calls and sending emails to inform our elected officials of the disastrous choice of DeVos. Although we were not successful in stopping the DeVos confirmation, we must be proud of of the work public education supporters across the country did to inform the public on Ms. DeVos. Our numbers continue to grow and we will succeed. We must be vigilant. We must continue our work to protect and advocate for public education.

Stop Betsy DeVos

on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 02:34

Taxpayers for Public Education vehemently opposes Ms. Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.  DeVos, an avid supporter of vouchers and privatization of public education has pumped millions of dollars into campaigns that advocate for the demise if public education. Ms. DeVos, a disastrous choice for Secretary of Education would do much harm to the education of all our children.  Now is the time to act. We must pressure our elected officials to stop the appointment DeVos.

Judge Martinez's Order

on Thu, 08/04/2016 - 14:17

Click here to read the complete order enforcing the permament injuction

New Voucher program stopped!

on Wed, 08/03/2016 - 17:41

Chief Judge Michael Martinez of the Second Judicial District today put a halt to Douglas County School District’s modified private school voucher program, called the School Choice

Grant Program. In doing so, Judge Martinez granted the Motion to Enforce Injunction filed by Taxpayers for Public Education (TFPE) and other parties.

 

Legal Update

on Thu, 06/23/2016 - 13:51

Earlier this month, our fabulous pro-bono attorneys from Faegre Baker Daniels filed our reply asking Denver District Court to enforce the August 12, 2011 Permanent Injunction of DCSD's unlawful and unconstitutional voucher program.  You can read the reply here

Ruling from Judge Krieger

on Thu, 06/23/2016 - 00:50

Judge Marcia Krieger ruled against a right-wing law firm who was trying to force the inclusion of religious schools into DCSD's revised voucher program. The Virginia-based law firm, Institute for Justice ("IJ"), was seeking an injunction to require Douglas County School District to include religious schools in the latest version of DCSD's voucher program. Judge Krieger refused to issue the requested injunction, and set a date for other parties to file motions to dismiss IJ's lawsuit.

Taxpayers File to Stop Douglas County Voucher Program

on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 13:03

Taxpayers for Public Education (“TFPE”) today filed a motion in Denver District Court to enjoin Douglas County School District’s revived private school voucher program, which DCSD is calling the School Choice Grant Program. “The School Choice Grant Program is fundamentally the same program as the banned Choice Scholarship Program,” said Cindy Barnard, President, TFPE. “And because it’s essentially the same, it’s covered by – and enjoined by – the same injunction that halted the Choice Scholarship Program.”  Read our entire press release.   Read the Motion for Enforcement of Injuction here.

Cindy's Testimony Against Tax Credits

on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 14:36

Read our president, Cindy Barnard's testimony against tax credit by clicking here.

Our reaction to the new voucher program

on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 22:36

Taxpayers for Public Education (TFPE), on behalf of the taxpayers and public school students and parents of the Douglas County School District (“DCSD”), condemns the district’s latest attempt to send public money to private schools. The school board last night, passed the “School Choice Grant Program,” a voucher system that will continue to siphon badly needed funding from the district and its students and classrooms.

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