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Douglas County OKs new school voucher program

Posted: 11:29 AM, Mar 16, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-16 17:29:21Z

The Douglas County School Board on Tuesday night narrowly passed a resolution that re-launches a controversial voucher program exactly five years after it was originally put in place, but significantly excludes religious schools from the mix.

The late-night 4-3 vote came after a contentious discussion between ideologically divided members of the board.

Members elected to their seats last November argued that shifting taxpayer money to private schools is unconstitutional.

"Private school is not a right, it's a privilege," said board member Anne-Marie Lemieux.

Doug Benevento , the board member who brought the measure forward Tuesday, countered that if the district can help just one kid get into a school that is unreachable to them right now, then the program is worth it.

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