12.03.15

Gardner Urges Supreme Court to Allow Expanded School Choice

 Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has submitted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of the Douglas County School District. The District is appealing a ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court that would prevent parents in Douglas County from sending their child to a religious school through the Choice Scholarship Program (CSP), which empowers parents to choose the right school for their kids.                                                                                                                                                             

The CSP gives scholarships worth up to 75% of the state per-pupil revenue received by the district to eligible families wishing to enroll their child in a private school, thereby offering parents more choice while saving taxpayer money. The CSP is designed to assist students, and does not favor any particular kind of school so long as those schools meet specific standards.

                                                                                                  
“Offering parents more control over where their children go to school is good for students, good for schools, and good for the State of Colorado,” Gardner said. “I’ve worked towards expanding school choice throughout my entire career in public service because it’s the right thing to do for kids, and I’m proud to stand with the Douglas County School District as it takes its case to the United States Supreme Court.                                                                               

“Parents deserve the choice to send their children to the school that’s best for them. I hope that my brief moves the Justices toward a decision that puts students first, allowing this innovative scholarship program to continue benefiting the students of Colorado and paving the way for more school choice nationwide.”

You can read Senator Gardner’s full brief to the Supreme Court here.

 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.