Douglas County Religious Exclusion

Parents Sue over Limiting Families’ Options under New School Choice Program

On March 15, 2016, the Board of Education for Douglas County, Colorado, adopted the School Choice Grant Program: a school choice program that provides grants to students, who, in turn, may use the grants to attend the private school of their parents’ choice. Religious schools, however, are barred from the program, and a student, therefore, may not use her grant to attend a religious school, even if her parents believe it is the best school to meet her educational needs. The exclusion of religious options from the program violates the Free Exercise, Establishment, Equal Protection, and Free Speech Clauses of the United States Constitution, as well as the Due Process Clause, which guarantees the fundamental right of parents to control and direct the education and upbringing of their children.

This is a federal civil rights action to vindicate the  rights of three Douglas County families.

Douglas County Religious Exclusion

Date Filed

April 19, 2016

Original Court

U.S. District Court of Colorado

Current Court

U.S. District Court of Colorado

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