ERIC Number: ED484975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Early Lessons from Colorado's Voucher Experience
Medler, Alex; Ziebarth, Todd
Education Commission of the States
In April 2003, Colorado passed H.B. 1160, thus becoming the first state to enact a school voucher law in the wake of the landmark ruling in favor of school vouchers by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2002. As expected, the Colorado law was immediately challenged in court. In December 2003, a state court declared the voucher program unconstitutional and, shortly thereafter, halted its implementation.While appeals have been filed, the legal status of the law remains unresolved as of this writing. Nonetheless, there are certain aspects about the creation, implementation and evaluation of this fledgling effort worth sharing with policymakers in other states that consider voucher laws.
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, State Legislation, Court Litigation, School Choice, Private Schools, Educational Legislation, High Risk Students, Academic Achievement, Public Schools, Politics of Education, Program Evaluation
Education Commission of the States, 700 Broadway, Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-299-3600; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.ecs.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.