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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.

A new voucher program?

on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 21:38
We have learned today, through the press, that Doug Benevento, with the support of Meghann Silverthorn and the DCSD staff, will be proposing a new voucher program next week.  A resolution authorizing the voucher program will apparently be introduced by Benevento at the March 15 board meeting.  A description of the new proposed program was given by Benevento to a Chalkbeat reporter; a "Fact Sheet" describing the proposed program is included in the Chalkbeat article published today

We will be closely following this new proposed program.

TFPE Election Survey

on Thu, 10/15/2015 - 01:58

We want to thank the candidates who took the time to answer our survey. The three incumbent candidates chose not to answer our survey.  This, once again, shows their inability and unwillingness recognize and listen to opposing viewpoints.  Please click the link below to read the candidates' surveys. 

Anne Marie Lemieux

David Ray

Wendy Vogel

Say "Thank You" to our attorneys!

Please join us in thanking our attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels and Arnold & Porter for their hard work on the voucher case.

Their dedication has been extraordinary and it’s made a tremendous difference to the people of Douglas County by giving voice to our concerns with the voucher program. All of the hours and days they’ve spent preparing for court and arguing our case have been pro-bono. They’re as passionate as we are about preserving public education.

Sign below to thank them personally. And thank you for standing with us.

Photos from a landmark day!

on Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:45

The Supreme Court Decision

on Tue, 06/30/2015 - 00:00


Read the Colorado Supreme Court's decision here.





CO Supreme Court Strikes Down Vouchers

on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 15:55

Douglas County Program Found to Violate State Constitution 

In a landmark legal decision today, the Colorado State Supreme Court struck down the Douglas County School District (DCSD) voucher program. In the case of Taxpayers for Public Education, et al., v. Douglas County School District, et al., the Court found that the program violates the Colorado Constitution.  

"This is a great victory for public school children in Colorado," said Cindy Barnard, President of Taxpayers for Public Education (TFPE), one of the plaintiffs in the case.

We won!

on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 15:48

More information to come!