A few of the private schools in the halted Douglas County voucher program are finding ways to keep it going anyway, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Aspen Academy, Denver Christian schools and Lutheran High School have told the district that they will help voucher students stay through either donations or even waiving fees. Woodlands Academy in Castle Rock says it will allow its 12 Douglas County students to stay, while the Denver Post reports that Valor Christian High School's board voted to waive three-quarters for the 65 voucher students it enrolled.
Though the program was issued a permanent injunction last week by Denver District Judge Michael Martinez, the schools have said that they don't see it being in the "best interests of students" to cancel the arrangement.
However, the following is an excerpt of Judge Martinez's order granting injunctive relief:
Enjoining Defendants’ implementation of the Scholarship Program does not disserve the public interest. Although Defendants assert that the interests of participating students and the Douglas County School District in the educational process would be enhanced by the implementation of the Scholarship Program, this interest is outweighed by the substantial disservice to the public interest that would result from the implementation of an unconstitutional program affecting approximately 58,000 students and the taxpaying residents of Douglas County.
According to 7News, the district is seeking to raise funds for an appeal of the decision.