Douglas County School District will appeal to US Supreme Court to try to save vouchers



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DENVER — A suburban Denver school district plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to try to save its private school voucher program.

The Douglas County School District said Wednesday that it plans to ask the high court to review a ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court that found the program violates the state constitution because it provides funding for students to attend religious schools.

That ruling reversed an earlier Colorado Court of Appeals decision upholding the program.

School district officials say their voucher program was modeled after one in the city of Cleveland's schools, which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled was constitutional in 2002.

The legal team defending the program includes Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general who has argued many cases before the Supreme Court.

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