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Motion filed in support of permanent injunction

on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 04:48

We are happy to report that the Legal Center for People With Disabilities and Older People have filed an amicus curiae in support of the permanent injunction issued last August.  They believe that  "The District Court was correct in its issuance of a permanent injunction against the Choice Scholarship Program. That decision should be upheld."

Read the briefs by clicking the links below:

Motion of Amicus Curiae from the Legal Center for People With Disabilities and Older People for Leave to Participate in Support of Appellees' Answer Brief

Answer Brief of Amicus Curiae, the Legal Center for

Legal Update

on Wed, 06/13/2012 - 04:55

STATUS OF APPEAL: The Court of Appeals has given TFPE and the other Appellees an extension of time until July 13, 2012 to file their briefs. You may have heard some ungrounded grousing about this on another FB page, so we thought we should set the record straight. There is no cause to complain about extension of time granted to the Appellees (the Larue and Taxpayers plaintiffs) in the voucher case to file their appellate briefs, because the extension was very reasonable under the circumstances – and even with the extension, the Appellees had months less time to write their briefs than the

Questions that need to be answered

on Sat, 03/24/2012 - 22:57

Update:  Cindy's questions have finally been answered!

In April, the district reported that it had received a donation of $200,000 that covered the deficit in the Legal Defense Fund.    The donation came from the Walton Family Foundation,  a supporter of voucher programs.  In our April 24th newsletter, we asked that you boycott Wal-Mart and associated companies.

In May, we were given the news that the 1.1 million dollars that was being  held in the charter school account for the voucher programs was unencumbered as of April 20, 2012.  At that time, the district also reported that only 4

The Legality of the Voucher Program

on Tue, 02/28/2012 - 18:54

The DCSD voucher program is indeed illegal and unconstitutional.

There’s been some discussion lately among supporters of the DCSD voucher program as to whether it’s appropriate to call the voucher program “illegal” and “unconstitutional.” The clear answer is: yes, it is accurate to call the voucher program “illegal” and “unconstitutional” because, as the law currently stands, the voucher program is illegal and unconstitutional.

The trial court decision held that the DCSD voucher program violates six separate provisions of the Colorado Constitution and the Public School Finance Act.

What We Stand For

on Tue, 02/21/2012 - 00:53

Some of you may have seen the rather shrill email blasts that GCDC has sent out in the last week, ripping (among others) the TFPE website, a TFPE board member and the successful TFPE suit to stop the unconstitutional voucher program.  We have no desire to get into a mud-slinging match with GCDC or with anyone else, so we will simply take this as an opportunity to reaffirm some of our guiding principles:

-  We support strong public education in Douglas County and the state of Colorado.

Board of Education Meeting Tuesday

on Tue, 02/21/2012 - 00:28

The Board of Education will be meeting publicly for the first since the community forum in January.  We encourage you to stay involved and informed . Please plan to attend the meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at the DCSD  Admin Building, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock. Click here to view the agenda.

Taxpayers file response opposing request to remove the injunction.

on Sat, 08/27/2011 - 15:47

Taxpayers for Public Education filed it response opposing the stay of injunction.

Read the arctilce from the Highlands Ranch Herald and our filing.

Judge orders halt to Douglas County voucher program

on Fri, 08/12/2011 - 22:48

From the order   "The Court finds that the injuries asserted by Plaintiffs, both economic and non-economic, are sufficient in quality and directness to establish standing. The prospect of having millions of dollars of public school funding diverted to private schools, many of which are religious and lie outside of the Douglas County School District, creates a sufficient basis to establish standing for taxpayers seeking to ensure lawful spending of these funds, in accordance with the Public School Finance Act.

Voucher lawsuits will remain in Denver District Court

on Sun, 07/17/2011 - 21:07

Court Denies Change of Venue in Douglas County Voucher Lawsuit

Case Will Remain in Denver County District Court  

(Denver, July 16, 2011)  Denver District Court Judge Michael Martinez today denied a request for change of venue in the lawsuits filed by Taxpayers for Public Education (TFPE) and others against the Douglas County School District (DCSD) voucher program.  Judge Martinez ruled that the lawsuits will remain in Denver District Court.

In their Motion for Change of Venue, the Douglas County School District and Douglas County School District Board of Education argued that the

The Truth about our lawsuit

on Fri, 07/15/2011 - 23:13

Dear Douglas County families and taxpayers,

We’re writing to clear up some misleading statements made in a recent letter sent out by the Douglas County School District regarding lawsuits filed against the new voucher program.  Despite what the District has told you, there are really two separate lawsuits, each with it’s own separate claims.  But, both are asking the court for the same thing: to stop the illegal plan to divert Douglas County tax dollars to private schools.

We are Taxpayers for Public Education- a bipartisan group of your friends and neighbors who strongly support public

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