Nevada has taken center stage for school choice and has the potential to become the poster child for the issue if the state’s Supreme Court decides to approve the voucher program. Education Savings Account (ESA) programming was passed last year in the state despite being a rather controversial topic. It was designed to provide parents the means to choose school options based on their educational needs. Whatever percentage the state funds for a child’s public education is simply deposited into an account that covers a variety of school costs.
This issue is divided between some demanding school choice and others claiming that public money should only be allowed for public school usage. Michael Chartier, state director for the Friedman Foundation (which is a national pro-school choice organization) feels confident that the school choice argument will win. The Las Vegas Sun reports:
“Those claims are that the ESA program, in letting families use state education funds for things like private school, violates the state constitution’s requirement that public money go to a “uniform system of common schools.” The state contends “common schools” don’t necessarily mean “public schools.”
Many states have ESA programs, but what makes Nevada unique is that there are no restrictions on who can qualify. It is available no matter what a person’s income may be. If the Supreme Court approves the school voucher program, it could start a significant trend in other states.
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