Nevada Senate Passes School Choice Program

Published April 7, 2015

The Nevada State Senate passed a bill to create state’s first private school choice program on Tuesday, April 7. In an 11-9 vote, the Senate passed the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program, which will create a $5 million business tax credit to fund scholarships. The program will serve students from low-income families and will provide $7,755 in scholarship funds for students to attend the private school of their parents’ choice.

“Nevada is on the verge of joining the education revolution by empowering parents with access to more quality educational options,” Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children said in a press release. “We would like to thank Gov. Brian Sandoval, Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson and all the members of the legislature who stood-up to the status quo and embraced educational choice.”

The Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program now awaits Gov. Sandoval’s signature.

Heather Kays ([email protected]) is a research fellow with The Heartland Institute and is managing editor of School Reform News.

Image by Phil Roeder.