Colorado Court of Appeals overturns block of school vouchers in state's wealthiest county

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The Colorado Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling blocking one of Colorado's first school voucher programs.

The appeals court said Thursday the Choice Scholarship Program does not violate the state Constitution.

Denver District Judge Michael Martinez had sided with a group of parents and the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. They argued the voucher program in Douglas County violated the separation of church and state because it gives scholarship checks that parents can use at religious schools.

The judge noted that some religious schools authorized for Douglas vouchers require students to attend religious services. Martinez said the voucher program violates both financial and religious provisions in the Colorado constitution.

More than 200 students got voucher money from the county.