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Choice Scholarship Program

On December 5, 2017, the DCSD Board of Education voted 6-0 to pass a resolution rescinding the Choice Scholarship Program, effective immediately. On January 26, 2018, the Choice Scholarship Program was dismissed as moot by the Colorado Supreme Court.

History of the Choice Scholarship Program

Originally passed by the DCSD Board of Education in March 2011, the Choice Scholarship Program was created to provide up to 500 Douglas County students with grants to be used for a private partner school of their choice. In order to be eligible, students must be Douglas County School District residents who are currently attending a DCSD school and have resided in the District no less than one year. In the event that the number of applicants exceeds 500 a lottery would be conducted to select scholarship recipients.

Under the program, Douglas County School District would have provided 85% of the per pupil revenue as a grant to the students’ families. Those families would then choose a private-partner school that fits their educational needs.

View the timeline on this page for more information on the history of the Choice Scholarship Program.


March 2011
Board of Education passes Choice Scholarship Program (CSP)

July 2011
DCSD launches
 CSP program, holds lottery for scholarships

August 13, 2011
Denver District Court issues permanent injunction

February 29, 2013
Colorado Court of Appeals overturns Denver District Court ruling

December 10, 2014
Colorado Supreme Court hears oral arguments

June 29, 2015
Colorado Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals ruling

October 28, 2015
DCSD files Writ of Certiorari with US Supreme Court

March 15, 2016
Board of Education approves revised Choice Grant Pilot Program

August 8, 2016
Denver District Court enjoins Choice Grant Pilot Program

November 15, 2016
Board of Education rescinds Choice Grant Program

June 26, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court remands Choice Scholarship Program case back to Colorado Supreme Court following Trinity Lutheran v. Comer ruling

December 5, 2017
The DCSD Board of Education votes 6-0 to pass a resolution rescinding the Choice Scholarship Program, effective immediately.

January 26, 2018
The Choice Scholarship Program Dismissed as Moot by Colorado Supreme Court



Colorado Court of Appeals Documents

Choice Scholarship Pilot Program Documents

Choice Scholarship Legal Fund Documents