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Facts You Should Know
- Nevada’s scholarship program gives all 450,000 eligible students the chance to attend the school of their choice.
- ESAs place state dollars designated for a child’s education in a personal account that Nevada parents can manage to cover the cost of their child’s educational or therapy needs.
- Nevada’s ESAs can cover multiple education options, including private school tuition, online education, tutoring, therapy and dual enrollment.
- State leaders created ESAs to empower parents with a flexible approach to education, where the ultimate goal is maximizing each child’s natural learning ablities.
- As of September 10, 2015, more than 3,000 applications have been submitted for the NV ESA program.
IN THE NEWS
Nevada Mom on ESAs “The days of constant struggle and anxiety are behind us.”
From the EdFly Blog: My daughter Laila is happy when she goes to school. She has a smile when I pick her up. And I know tha tshe is learning and is engaged in her classes while she is away. These simple blessings may seem trivial to some, but they are precious for my family. They are made possible, in part, because of an Education Savings Account.
RELEASE: Nevada Becomes First State in Nation to Adopt Universal School Choice
From the Foundation for Excellence in Education Today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed the Universal Education Savings Accounts (ESA) legislation (SB302), giving parents in the Silver State unprecedented control over their children’s education and making Nevada a national leader in school choice. In an ESA program, the state sets aside funds that would be used to educate a child in a traditional public school. The parents can then access those funds to customize that child’s education, paying for private school tuition, curriculum, tutoring, therapy for students with special needs and other approved services.
School Vouchers for All? Nevada Breaks New Ground
From Education Week Sweeping. Groundbreaking. Historic. Those are the words school choice advocates are using to describe a new Nevada law that will give public school parents near total control over the way state education dollars are spent on their children. Why? Because the level of school choice this law will permit in Nevada is unprecedented: All parents of public school students will be allowed to use state funding earmarked for their child toward tuition or other expenses related to a nonpublic education.
From the Foundation for Excellence in Education This summer, Nevada lawmakers took bold action to give all parents a say in where their children go to school. Sadly, the American Civil Liberties Union is preparing to challenge the state’s fledgling education savings accounts program before the promise it offers can be realized. The ACLU knows that once such choice plans are established, they become popular with parents, the public and lawmakers, making this kind of heavy-handed, legal meddling increasingly unpalatable. READ FULL RELEASE
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal Calling Nevada’s new Education Savings Accounts vouchers doesn’t make them vouchers. This is the fatal weakness of a lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada in Clark County District Court. The action, which seeks to kill the country’s strongest school choice law before it ever has a chance to work, completely misrepresents ESAs, which are fundamentally different from school vouchers. READ FULL ARTICLE
From the Washington Times
Another school year is underway, and more parents than ever are using school choice to ensure the best education for their children. Or should I say trying to use them? Some groups, after all, are trying to thwart them. Who, you ask? Just ask parents in Nevada. The Silver State is one of five nationwide (along with Arizona, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee) to deposit their child’s state per-pupil funding in an account that can be used for a variety of education options.