Colorado’s Blaine Amend­ment re­duces par­ents’ ed­u­ca­tion choices

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: He­len Raleigh,

“Reli­gion de­ci­sion paves the way for Dougco vouch­ers,” June 27 edi­to­rial.

Many peo­ple to­day prob­a­bly are un­aware of the dis­crim­i­na­tory na­ture of the Blaine Amend­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, this law that was rooted in big­otry is be­ing used to­day to pre­vent par­ents, es­pe­cially racial and re­li­gious mi­nori­ties, low-in­come par­ents, and fam­i­lies with dis­abil­i­ties from pur­su­ing the best ed­u­ca­tion op­tions for their chil­dren.

One thing Coloradans can take com­fort in is that Colorado’s Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee to the U.S. Com­mis­sion on Civil Rights has taken it upon it­self to study the im­pact of Colorado Blaine Amend­ment on Coloradans. The com­mit­tee will hold a pub­lic brief­ing on July 18 at the Univer­sity of Den­ver to ex­am­ine the is­sue of the Blaine Amend­ment in Colorado (de­tails at dpo.st/2t9AwV2). I en­cour­age my fel­low Coloradans to come and par­tic­i­pate in this im­por­tant dis­cus­sion. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@denverpost.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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