Behind the Headline: This Controversial Law Could Help Schools in Nevada Struggling With Growth Booms

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This Controversial Law Could Help Schools in Nevada Struggling With Growth Booms
The Deseret News| 4/30/16

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Should Reformers Support Education Savings Accounts?
Education Next | Summer 2016

A law passed in June 2015 in Nevada gave all parents in the state access to a new school choice mechanism — the education savings account (ESA).ednext-may16-esas-sandoval

Under the law, parents in Nevada can take control of 90 percent of the state funds allocated to their child (just over $5,000 per pupil) and spend it on private school tuition, online learning, special ed services, tutors, and more. (Children from low-income families and children with special needs can have access to 100 percent of their state funds, or $5700.)

The Nevada attorney general has asked the state’s Supreme Court to rule on the law’s constitutionality.

This weekend, the Deseret News looked at the pros and cons of the law as argued by the participants in an Education Next forum on education savings accounts that was published last week.

In “The Next Step in School Choice,” Matt Ladner argues in favor of Education Savings Accounts.

In “Expand Choice, but Keep the Public Interest in Mind,” Nelson Smith argues against Education Savings Accounts.

– Education Next


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