Letter to the editor: What about the state constitution?

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When reading the news article online regarding the Douglas County commissioners granting public taxpayer money to Douglas County schools, something caught my eye. News reporter Jessica Gibbs writes that approximately $250,000 has been given to Southeast Christian in Parker. Will additional private religious schools be receiving public tax dollars?

The Colorado State Constitution is very clear. Article IX, Section 7, titled “Aid to private schools, churches, sectarian purpose, forbidden,” states that no county may pay from any public fund or moneys whatsoever to any school control by any church or religious denomination. The Colorado Constitution is silent regarding the end use of any public funds, but is very clear that any distribution is forbidden.

So I have a question for the three Douglas County commissioners — Abe Laydon, Lora Thomas and Roger Partridge. Do you plan on giving more taxpayer dollars to additional private religious schools in direct violation of Article IX, Section 7 of the Colorado State Constitution? A simple yes or no answer is sufficient.

Robert Clarke

Highlands Ranch

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