Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval added Nevada to the list of “school choice” states on Monday by signing the Educational Choice Scholarship Program Act into law. The new program will provide $5 million in tax credits for contributors to scholarship organizations. The nonprofit organizations would then award scholarships, worth up to $7755, to low and middle-income students wishing to attend a private school. The news of the bill signing was celebrated by the dozens of parents from the Las Vegas Jewish community who participated in one of the first hearings in support of the bill.
While the scholarship tax credit bill was a historic first step, due to the limited size of the initial program, it will only help a few hundred students. A more expansive bill, which would allow for the establishment of education savings accounts for most children in the state, is currently working its way though the Senate. Agudath Israel is hopeful that Nevada lawmakers will take the next step and pass Senate Bill 302 so that all children in the state will have the opportunity to attend the school of their choice.
Agudath Israel of America thanks the Nevada Public Research Institute, the American Federation for Children and the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice for their tireless efforts in promoting school choice in Nevada.