Last week, the new 7-0 union-backed school board in Douglas County, Colorado, voted to repeal a first-of-its-kind local voucher program and to end the district’s role in a related constitutional case involving nonpublic parental choice. In so doing, the board drastically decreased the likelihood that the case will ever reach a final resolution — a resolution that could have changed the story for disadvantaged children across the United States.
With a median income of over $100,000 and poverty rate below four percent, Douglas County is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation. More than 90 percent of the county’s population is white. Much of Douglas County’s landscape is dominated by multilevel suburban homes, packed shopping centers, and broad avenues lined with impeccably manicured grass and trees. Elsewhere, large ranches sprawl in the shadow of the foothills.
Read the whole article originally published in The Hill on December 14, 2017.