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InsiderOnline Blog: July 2004

School Choice Climbing Colorado Mountain

The Colorado Supreme Court last week halted a school choice plan set to go into effect this school year. According to an Institute for Justice press release:

The Court in a sharply divided 4-3 decision determined that since the Opportunity Contract program was to be funded in part with local tax dollars, local districts must have control over the instruction paid for with those dollars.

But Colorado think tank the Independence Institute and the Institute for Justice, which defended the school choice program, are optimistic about its future. The 4-3 vote came from a court stacked with liberals, the decision provides a roadmap for drawing up new legislation in January, and the Colorado legislature may pick up a few pro-school choice votes in elections this fall.

Check here and here for recent studies on school choice around the country. For newcomers to the school choice debate, there's The ABCs of School Choice from the Friedman Foundation.

Posted on 07/06/04 05:14 PM by Mary Katherine Ham

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