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on Sat, 01/27/2018 - 20:34

Please call and email your Colorado State Senator and members of the Colorado Senate Finance Committee

Tell them to VOTE NO on Senate Bill 83, Concerning the creation of income tax credits for non public education

Tax credits are vouchers that:

  • Send public taxpayer money to private and religious institutions

  • Benefit wealthy individuals and families

  • Fail to improve student learning and outcomes

  • Increase segregation

  • Promote discrimination

  • Drain revenues available to fund public education

  • Lack accountability and transparency


Colorado Senate Bill 18-083

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Colorado Supreme Court Dismisses Voucher Case

on Fri, 01/26/2018 - 04:38

The Colorado Supreme Court today dismissed the appeal in the case of Taxpayers for Public Education v. Douglas County School District, and vacated all orders and judgments in the case. In granting the Motion to Dismiss filed by Taxpayers for Public Education, the Douglas County School District and other parties, the Court held that the appeal was now moot because the Douglas County School District has formally rescinded the voucher program that the case challenged.

Taxpayers for Public Education (TFPE) was represented pro bono throughout the litigation by Michael McCarthy and a team of

Cindy at the Interim School Finance Committee

on Thu, 01/11/2018 - 00:22

The Interim School Finance Committee met on January 9, 2018 and our president, Cindy Barnard, testifi

Good morning Mr. Chair, Committee members, thank you for your work and the opportunity to testify today.  My name is Cindy Barnard and I am here today representing Taxpayers for Public Education, a Colorado based 501c4 non partisan, non profit organization. We advocate for and support public education by working to ensure that tax dollars earmarked for public education can only be used to fund public education.

I have attended each meeting of this Committee.

Join us this Monday!

on Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:23

The DCSD Board of Directors will discuss the DCSD voucher program at a special meeting on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:30pm. You can find the agenda here and you can sign up for public comment here.

Our hope at Taxpayers for Public Education is that the board will rescind the voucher program. If they take this action it will be a great day, not for "us," but for public education.

Let’s take our positive energy to continue ensuring public school dollars only fund public schools by volunteering for committees and task forces and fighting Education Savings Accounts.


on Sun, 10/22/2017 - 16:32

Taxpayers for Public Education does not endorse candidates, but we do want citizens to have an understanding of where school board candidates stand on the importance of public funding to public schools. As we have the past three Douglas County school board election cycles, we sent a survey to the eight candidates running for the Director of Douglas County Board of Education. Four candidates, Anthony Graziano, Krista Holtzmann, Kevin Leung and Chris Schor answered our survey questions. Four candidates did not acknowledge our survey. This is not only disappointing, but it is also discouraging.


on Sat, 10/21/2017 - 14:26

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and AFP, Americans for Prosperity, are working together to re-brand their failed voucher program in Colorado. As of June, 2016, 5 states, Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Nevada had adopted some or all of ALEC’s ESA laws. At least 6 other states, Alabama, Delaware, Iowa, Georgia, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Washington, DC were considering ESAs.

2017 School Board Candidate Surveys

on Wed, 10/11/2017 - 03:21

We want to thank the candidates who took the time to answer our survey. The four "Elevate Slate" candidates chose not to answer our survey.  This shows their inability and unwillingness recognize groups and individuals with differing viewpoints which will make their stated goal of "quelling the discord and division in the district" hard to accomplish. Through much of this campaign, we have noticed the "Elevate Slate" candidates' inability to give a straight answer to questions about the voucher program. We had hoped to get those answers on our survey.

Join us for the ALEC teach-in!

on Sat, 07/01/2017 - 17:18

The American Legislative Exchange Council—commonly known as ALEC— is the biggest threat to America that most of us have never heard of. And we are working to change that.

Join us on Saturday, July 15th in Denver to learn how ALEC negatively impacts voting rights, campaign finance reform, environmental protection, workers’ rights, health care, and public education.


ALEC brings together elected leaders and corporate lobbyists to create and vote on model legislation—behind closed doors and without public input. These bills are then introduced into state legislatures across

The Trinity Lutheran Decision

on Sat, 07/01/2017 - 17:14

The Trinity Lutheran decision is not a “big win” for the Douglas County School District’s voucher program.  Just the opposite, in fact.  The DCSD voucher program uses public money to pay for private religious education, and the Colorado Supreme Court held that the Colorado Constitution prohibits that use of public funds.  The Trinity Lutheran decision emphatically reaffirms that state constitutions can do just that:  prohibit the use of public funds for private religious training.

Second, the prohibition of the use of public money to pay for private religious education is not in any way

Welcome, Ilana!

on Thu, 06/29/2017 - 13:56
TFPE is so excited to announce our newest board member, Ilana Spiegel. We are thrilled that she accepted our offer to join our board as she will bring an unparalleled knowledge of education to our group. Please join us in welcoming Ilana.