Colorado Opportunity Contract Program

Colorado Congress of Parents, Teachers and Students v. Owens
Institute for Justice and Colorado Parents Defended School Choice in the Rocky Mountain State

In April 2003, Colorado attempted to become the first state in the nation to fulfill the promise of equal educational opportunity offered by the U.S. Supreme Court when it upheld Cleveland’s school choice program.  Colorado approved legislation creating Opportunity Contracts, a voucher program to enable low-income families in the state’s poorest-performing school districts to send their children to private schools.  Almost immediately, lawyers for the Colorado Education Association, the National Education Association and other special interest groups filed a lawsuit attempting to block parental choice in Colorado.  The Institute for Justice intervened in the case to defend the program on behalf of 12 Colorado families who wished to participate in the Opportunity Contract program.  Six families were from Colorado Springs and six were from Denver; all hoped for a better life for their children through quality education.  On June 28, 2004, however, the Colorado Supreme Court halted Colorado’s school choice program, striking it down under the “local control” provision of the Colorado Constitution.

Essential Background

Images

Backgrounder: Securing Educational Opportunity For Colorado Families:  Institute for Justice and Colorado Parents Defend Historic Parental Choice Program

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Latest Release: In Narrow Ruling, Colorado Supreme Court Halts School Choice (June 28, 2004)

Legal Briefs and Decisions

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Launch Release: Institute for Justice Pledges to Defend Historic Colorado School Choice Program (April 16, 2003)

Case Timeline

Unions Filed Lawsuit:

 

May 22, 2003

IJ Intervention Filed:

 

May 29, 2003

Court Filed:

 

Denver District Court

Decision(s):

June 28, 2004:  Colorado Supreme Court halted Colorado’s school choice program, striking it down under the “local control” provision of the Colorado Constitution

 

 

December 3, 2003: Denver District Court Judge Joseph E. Meyer III struck down and enjoined program under “local control” provision of Colorado Constitution

 

 

June 28, 2004: Colorado Supreme Court upheld decision striking down Opportunity Contracts

Status:

 

Case Completed

Additional Releases

Maps, Charts and Facts

Release: Colorado Supreme Court to Decide Future of School Choice Program (May 25, 2004)

 

Release: Institute for Justice and State File School Choice Briefs With Colorado Supreme Court (March 9, 2004)

 

Op-eds, News Articles and Links

Video: Where does the alphabet end?; (August 23, 2010)

Article: Campaign for Colorado Choice Continues Liberty & Law (August 2004)

Release: Colorado Parents Appeal Voucher Ruling, Ask Court to Continue Program During Appeal (December 9, 2003)

Article: Colorado is Changing the Face of Vouchers  Liberty & Law (February 2004)

Release: Denver District Court Strikes Down Historic Colorado School Choice Program (December 3, 2003)

Article: Colorado School Choice Litigation Update Liberty & Law (February 2004)

Release: Denver District Court to Hear Oral Arguments On Colorado School Choice Program (November 12, 2003)

Article: Save school choice program (December 4, 2003)

Release: Colorado Judge Approves Parents’ Intervention To Defend School Choice Program (May 30, 2003)

Article: IJ Defends Rocky Mountain Education Reform Liberty & Law (August 2003)

Release: Institute for Justice and Parents Intervene to Defend Colorado School Choice Program (May 29, 2003)

Article: School-voucher backers go to court (May 30, 2003)

Media Advisory: Colorado Parents Intervene to Defend Statewide School Choice Program (May 29, 2003)

Release: Institute for Justice Vows To Defend Colorado Parents From Teachers’ Union Legal Attack (May 20, 2003)


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