The Douglas County School District began the final stretch of public outreach as it prepares to take school choice to the district’s board of education for approval. The district hosted three nights of public forums at schools in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock and Parker the week of Feb. 21, where about 350 residents heard more about the final draft of the district’s school choice proposal.
Among the options on the table is the controversial proposal to introduce option certificates for district parents, with a new name for the program likened to school vouchers. The district is now calling its option certificate program a “school choice scholarship program,” limiting participation in the pilot year to no more than 500 students.
The scholarship angle was suggested by the Colorado Department of Education, which in recent weeks provided the Douglas County School District with feedback about the school choice option certificates, said Dr. Christian Cutter, Douglas County School District assistant superintendent.