In November, a Las Vegas judge will come to a decision whether or not to dismiss a lawsuit perplexing the constitutionality of Nevada’s debatable education savings account school choice program.
A writer for Las Vegas Review-Journal, Neal Morton says that General Adam Laxalt, State Attorney, disputed in Clark County District Court that the education savings account are not a violation of the use of public money for religious purposes. However, some parents think so. They intended to use the program to pay tuition for religious schools.
Since the Republican-majority passed the bill in the spring despite the Democratic opposition, Governor Brian Sandoval endorsed Senate Bill 302 in June. This permitted the state to transfer nearly $5,000 per child into an education savings account if the parents remove his or her child out of a public school. The education savings account is to be used to pay for tuition for private school, tutoring, for homeschooling, or other approved educational services.
The ACLU of Nevada sued to ban the program back in August and stated that the state cannot allow the taxpayer dollars to be going to a religious school. However, Laxalt and Paul D. Clement stated in the lawsuit that the law does not indicate religious schools.
Laxalt state that the extent of the education savings account finds their way to religious schools, they only go through a few private, individual choices made by the family who are enrolled in the program. The law sets no requirements that the education savings account can only be used for sectarian school.
By the close of last week, Nevada’s treasurer’s office said they received around 3,500 applications for early acceptance into the education savings account program, which doesn’t go into effect until the 2016 school year.
Michelle Rindels from The Associated Press states that the law requires you to be enrolled in a public school in Nevada for 100 days before being eligible for the program. So, many parents are moving their children from a private school into a public school, just so they can qualify for the program for the upcoming school year.
Mari St. Martin, Sandoval’s spokeswoman explains whether you support the law, it is all about the best interest of the parents, students, schools, and educators have a clear and practical interpretation that reduces challenges, so that everyone can move forward and all the students in Nevada can have an opportunity to succeed.
Amanda is a freelance writer. Currently, she has is the education beat writer for the Daily Voice News. If she is not writing there, she can be found writing on her blog, The Tales of a broke College Student.