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What We Stand For

on Tue, 02/21/2012 - 00:53

Some of you may have seen the rather shrill email blasts that GCDC has sent out in the last week, ripping (among others) the TFPE website, a TFPE board member and the successful TFPE suit to stop the unconstitutional voucher program.  We have no desire to get into a mud-slinging match with GCDC or with anyone else, so we will simply take this as an opportunity to reaffirm some of our guiding principles:

-  We support strong public education in Douglas County and the state of Colorado.

Board of Education Meeting Tuesday

on Tue, 02/21/2012 - 00:28

The Board of Education will be meeting publicly for the first since the community forum in January.  We encourage you to stay involved and informed . Please plan to attend the meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at the DCSD  Admin Building, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock. Click here to view the agenda.

Taxpayers file response opposing request to remove the injunction.

on Sat, 08/27/2011 - 15:47

Taxpayers for Public Education filed it response opposing the stay of injunction.

Read the arctilce from the Highlands Ranch Herald and our filing.

Judge orders halt to Douglas County voucher program

on Fri, 08/12/2011 - 22:48

From the order   "The Court finds that the injuries asserted by Plaintiffs, both economic and non-economic, are sufficient in quality and directness to establish standing. The prospect of having millions of dollars of public school funding diverted to private schools, many of which are religious and lie outside of the Douglas County School District, creates a sufficient basis to establish standing for taxpayers seeking to ensure lawful spending of these funds, in accordance with the Public School Finance Act.

Voucher lawsuits will remain in Denver District Court

on Sun, 07/17/2011 - 21:07

Court Denies Change of Venue in Douglas County Voucher Lawsuit

Case Will Remain in Denver County District Court  

(Denver, July 16, 2011)  Denver District Court Judge Michael Martinez today denied a request for change of venue in the lawsuits filed by Taxpayers for Public Education (TFPE) and others against the Douglas County School District (DCSD) voucher program.  Judge Martinez ruled that the lawsuits will remain in Denver District Court.

In their Motion for Change of Venue, the Douglas County School District and Douglas County School District Board of Education argued that the

The Truth about our lawsuit

on Fri, 07/15/2011 - 23:13

Dear Douglas County families and taxpayers,

We’re writing to clear up some misleading statements made in a recent letter sent out by the Douglas County School District regarding lawsuits filed against the new voucher program.  Despite what the District has told you, there are really two separate lawsuits, each with it’s own separate claims.  But, both are asking the court for the same thing: to stop the illegal plan to divert Douglas County tax dollars to private schools.

We are Taxpayers for Public Education- a bipartisan group of your friends and neighbors who strongly support public

Taxpayers Group Calls for Immediate Stop to Douglas County Voucher Program

on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 18:37

Taxpayers Group Calls for Immediate Stop to Douglas County Voucher Program

(Denver, CO July 6, 2011)  Taxpayers for Public Education (TFPE), a bi-partisan Colorado taxpayers and parents group, today filed a motion asking the Denver District Court to put an immediate stop to the Douglas County voucher program.

The motion for a preliminary injunction was filed as part of the TFPE suit against the Douglas County School District, the Douglas County School District Board of Education, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado State Board of Education.   

“Stopping the illegal

Two years ago....

on Tue, 08/13/2013 - 01:39

Two years have passed since District Judge Michael Martinez granted a permanent injunction that stopped the Douglas County School District (DCSD) voucher program from moving forward. 

The DCSD appealed the decision and sadly the appellate court overturned the district court decision. We have appealed the appellate court decision. The Colorado Supreme Court has yet to decide whether it will hear the case.

While the voucher program is tied up in the courts, the DCSD Board of Education and Superintendent have continued to push unnecessary reforms into our neighborhood schools.

Legal update

on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 01:13

Taxpayers for Public Education and other plaintiffs in the voucher suit have filed their Reply Briefs in support of our Petition for Certiorari in the Colorado Supreme Court.  You can read them by clicking the links below.

Reply in support of Petition for Writ of Certiorari by Taxpayer Petitioners

Reply in support of Petition for Writ of Certiorari by LaRue Petitioners

 

Cindy testifies at the Capitol!

on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 00:02

TFPE President, Cindy Barnard tells of her experience testifying before the State House:

Taxpayers for Public Education has been concerned about  DCSD executive sessions. In February, 2012, Anne Kleinkopf, TFPE director, addressed the Douglas County BOE, asking the Board to enter into executive session properly. However, what goes on during the twice monthly, lengthy executive sessions remains a mystery. When I learned of House Bill 13-1313 which, had it passed, would have provided some transparency to executive session, I felt it important to testify in support of the Bill.

What a pleasure

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