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Thank you!

on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 16:06

To all of the volunteers, donors, candidates, parents, teachers, students and administrators who worked so hard on behalf of the independent candidates for the Douglas County School Board:  Thank you!!  We at TFPE are disappointed, but not discouraged, with the results of the School Board election.

Taxpayers file petition with Colorado Supreme Court

on Sat, 04/13/2013 - 15:36

TFPE filed a petition with the Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn the Court of Appeals ruling and reinstate the trial court injunction against the DCSD voucher program.  We are confident that the Colorado Supreme Court will find, as the trial court did, that the DCSD voucher program violates the Colorado Public School Finance Act and the Colorado Constitution because the voucher program wrongfully diverts funds that are earmarked for the support of public schools and improperly uses them to pay private school tuition.  Read the petition by clicking here.



Analysis of Blaine arguments from the dissenting opinion of the Colorado Court of Appeals

on Sun, 03/24/2013 - 02:30

We found much of the dissenting opinion to be of great interest but this analysis of the Blaine Amendment arguments was particularly interesting and we wanted to share it with you.  Click here to read the summary.

Connect the Dots updated

on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:05

We have updated our research about the outside influences in the Douglas County voucher program.  Read our updated Connect the Dots.

Connect the dots

on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 05:35

We are finding new connections every day between our Board of Education, Parent Led Reform and ALEC.  We will be updating this document soon but hope you will take the time to read our first Connect the Dots.


Oral Arguments changed to November 19th

on Fri, 09/21/2012 - 01:18

The court has granted a joint request for extra time for oral argument, but changing the date of oral argument until Monday, November 19, 2012, at 2:30 p.m at the Colorado Court of Appeals, 101 W. Colfax Ave. in Denver..  The original time allotment was a total of 1/2 hour, with fifteen minutes given to all the appellants and fifteen minutes given to the appellees.  The new allotment is one hour, with 1/2 hour given to the appellants and 1/2 hour given to the appellees.

Read the order here.


Cindy's comments to the Board of Education

on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:53

TFPE President, Cindy Barnard, addressed the Douglas County Board of Education on July 17, 2012.  Here are her comments:

At last month's board meeting I discussed the deficit in the Legal Defense Fund. Since that time I have discovered that the information on the Financial Transparency website is inaccurate.  Journal entry adjustments and re-classes are not reflected on the Transparency site.  To access accurate information, I was instructed to submit an open records request, the response was incomplete.

Support our work!

on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 14:00

Our amazing legal team recently sent us a bill for $5000 for the work they have done thus far on the voucher case. This bill is only a fraction of the thousands of dollars of out of pocket expenses Faegre Baker Daniels has paid on our behalf and none of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney's fees that they have donated. Compare this to the over $900,000 the district has been charged on defense and development of the voucher program. Say thanks to our fantastic attorneys and support our work by making a donation today!

Legal Update: Answer Briefs and Amicus Curiae filed on July 13, 2012

on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:29

The answer briefs have been filed in the Court of Appeals! Taxpayers for Public Education and the Larue Plaintiffs have each filed a brief. And more good news: our efforts have been joined by several national organizations who have filed friend of the court briefs opposing the voucher program. The American Association of School Administrators, the Anti-Defamation League and the American Federation of Teachers all filed briefs asking the Court to uphold the decision striking down the voucher program.

The TFPE brief asks that the Court of Appeals confirm the trial court’s decision to enjoin