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Colorado Supreme Court to hear arguments over publicly-funded Douglas County school vouchers


DENVER — The question of the separation of church and state came before Colorado's Supreme Court with arguments about a school voucher program that provides money for students to attend private schools, including religious ones.

Opponents of the program in Douglas County told justices Wednesday that the vouchers violate state constitutional provisions barring the use of taxpayer money to fund religious schools.

Supporters of the program told justices the vouchers simply provide parents a choice of where to send their children to school. They say the program does not harm other students, and that it doesn't take away funding from school districts like opponents argue.

The Colorado Supreme Court will issue a ruling later.

A lower appeals court upheld the Choice Scholarship Program last year. The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and other groups appealed.

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