AU and Allied Groups challenge new voucher scheme in Colorado.

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Americans United and allied groups have blocked an attempt to reinstitute a voucher plan in Douglas County, Colo.

In June 2015, Americans United and other groups successfully challenged the Douglas County School District's so-called "Choice Scholarship Pilot Program" when the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the ploy violated the Colorado Constitution because it improperly diverted public funds to private, religious schools.

Following the decision, the district and the Institute for Justice, a pro-voucher group that represents parents who want to use taxpayer funds to send their children to religious schools, appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court has yet to rule on the matter, which led members of the Douglas County school board to concoct a slightly modified version of the voucher program that excludes religious schools. In April, the Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit on behalf of parents insisting that religious schools be admitted into the program.

Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, the national ACLU and the law firm Arnold & Porter filed a motion in...

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