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Victory: Americans United, Allies Obtain Ruling Permanently Enjoining Nevada Voucher Program

State Supreme Court Freezes Funding For Massive ‘School Choice’ Scheme

The Nevada Supreme Court was correct to permanently block funding for a massive statewide school voucher program, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In two cases decided today, the Nevada high court struck down S.B. 302, the law that created a voucher program to divert taxpayer dollars from public schools to private schools.

If At First You Don’t Succeed?: Pro-Voucher Group Attempts To Circumvent Colorado Supreme Court

Yesterday Americans United asked a federal court in Colorado to dismiss an attempt by a pro-voucher group to circumvent the Colorado Supreme Court by filing a case in federal court. The plaintiffs are a group of Douglas County parents who argue that the district’s voucher plan, which applies only to secular schools, as mandated by the Colorado Supreme Court, violates the U.S. Constitution. But if you are thinking that this isn’t our first time addressing this issue in Colorado, you are right.    

U.S. House Votes In Favor Of D.C. Voucher Program

A measure that reauthorizes private school vouchers for Washington, D.C., is moving through Congress, despite opposition from the White House.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4901, which would reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, in April. The U.S. Senate has not yet voted on its version of the measure, reported The Washington Times.

ACLU, Americans United Challenge Lawsuit Attempting to Circumvent Colorado Supreme Court School Voucher Ruling

DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU and the law firm Arnold & Porter — who successfully challenged a Douglas County school voucher program before the Colorado Supreme Court last year — filed motions yesterday challenging the validity of a new lawsuit that asks a federal district court to issue an unprecedented order that would require the Douglas County School District to divert taxpayer funds to religious schools. 

Md. Legislature Passes Private School Voucher Program

Maryland legislators voted in March to approve a budget that includes $5 million in grants for low-income students who wish to attend private schools.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has indicated he will sign the bill. The proposal is the culmination of a decade-long attempt by voucher advocates to funnel public money to private schools.

Teachers unions had opposed the measure. Sean Johnson, who represents the Maryland State Education Association, told The Washington Post the group will continue to lobby against it.

AU Legal Director Argues Against Voucher Program In Nevada

Nevada’s new voucher program will lead to direct taxpayer funding of religious schools in violation of the Nev­ada Constitution, an Americans Uni­ted attorney recently told a state judge.

During an oral argument held in December, AU Legal Director Richard B. Katskee told a Clark County court that it’s perfectly acceptable for parents to send their children to religious schools – as long as they pay for it themselves.

Failed Experiment

As schools go, the Academia de la Recta Porta in Washington, D.C., doesn’t seem to offer much. Squeezed between grimy storefronts in a tumble-down area of northwest D.C. near the Maryland line, the school consists of just two classrooms.
The school’s music program, The Washington Post reported in 2012, includes a keyboard and a drum. The facility lacks a gym, so students have to go two miles away to a recreation center for exercise. There is no library.

Americans United Joins Lawsuit Challenging Broad Nevada Voucher Program

Three civil liberties organizations, including Americans United, recently filed suit in a Nevada court to challenge a school voucher program signed into law in June by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United sued Aug. 27 on behalf of a group of parents, clergy and others who oppose the program’s effort to divert taxpayer money to private, religious schools.

Vouchers Are Struck Down In Colo. But Upheld By N.C. High Court

Opponents of “school choice” schemes have experienced mixed successes in recent months, as Colorado’s Supreme Court blocked a voucher ploy in that state while North Carolina’s highest court approved a program in the Tar Heel State.

In Colorado, Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado scored a victory in June when that state’s high court struck down a Douglas County school voucher program that had allowed taxpayer dollars to flow directly to religious schools.

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