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Colorado Court of Appeals rules in favor of DCSD Choice Scholarship Program

DENVER – The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled today in favor of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Pilot Choice Scholarship Program.

“This is incredibly positive news and a huge victory for the students and parents of Douglas County,” said DSCD Board of Education President John Carson. “We know that each student learns differently, and our goal is to provide every parent with the opportunity to choose the best possible educational environment for their child."

Passed in March of 2011, the Choice Scholarship Pilot Program will provide up to 500 Douglas County students with scholarships for the qualified 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 been in the District for no less than one year.

After an injunction was issued by a Denver District Court judge in August of 2011, following a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and other plaintiffs, the Choice Scholarship Pilot Program was placed on hold.
The Colorado Court of Appeals' ruling was clear in rejecting the ACLU's constitutional claims and the statutory claims of the other plaintiffs. “We conclude that plaintiffs do not have standing to seek redress for a claimed violation of the Act, and that the CSP (Choice Scholarship Program) does not violate any of the constitutional provisions on which plaintiffs rely.  Therefore, we reverse the district court’s judgment and remand the case for entry of judgment in defendants’ favor.”
Carson continued, “Douglas County provides many options for students including the finest neighborhood schools in America, a superb array of charter schools, and a world-class variety of learning opportunities.  This ruling will give our students one more choice to achieve educational success and to prepare for the exciting opportunities that lie ahead in the 21st century.”
The case will likely be appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court.
October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.