Heated Debate Over School Vouchers In Douglas County

Parents Express Opinions in Firery Meeting

A standing-room-only crowd attended the Douglas County School Board meeting Tuesday evening to discuss a program that would allow parents to choose where their child goes to school.

The school system is considering allocating a set amount of funding to parents who choose to send their children to private and/or religious schools.

“Keep private school private,” said one father.

“This is my right as a parent to choose which school works best for me,” said one mother.

There are a number of issues up for debate: Does the system violate the constitution if public dollars are being spent on religious education?

At the same time, wouldn’t students be better served, if parents can choose the school that they feel best suits their child?

Kathy Christie is a part of a non-partisan group, Education Commission of the States. The think tank studies the voucher school debate.

As far as the impact on improving student performance, she says it’s up for discussion.

“Some will say there’s an effect, some will say not much,” said Christie.

Several additional public hearings will take place. A vote may take place by the end of the year.

Even if it’s approved, it could be stopped before it starts. In the past, there have been legal challenges in Colorado.