AFC celebrates Nevada court ruling in favor of ESA program
The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, issued the following statement in response to Nevada Clark County District Judge Eric Johnson’s decision to rule in favor of the Nevada Education Savings Account Program and dismiss the case against the program:
“Today’s ruling is a victory for Nevada’s students who are in need of school choice,” said Betsy DeVos chairman of the American Federation for Children. “We know the one-size-fits-all system is broken. Schools are overcrowded, children are trapped and Nevada’s education savings account program offers students in need the options they deserve. We applaud Judge Johnson and his ruling to put students first, and we remain confident that this vital program is constitutional.”
This lawsuit was filed back in August of 2015 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, who claimed the Education Savings Account Program goes against the state’s constitution to use funds for “sectarian purposes” or religious schools.
The Education Savings Account (ESA) program empowers parents to use the money allocated by the state to educate a child, approximately $5,100, to seek other educational options for their children, including private school, home-school, tutoring, educational therapies, etc. Local and federal funding would remain in the traditional public school system, raising the overall per-pupil funding for those students who choose to remain in the traditional public school system. More than 6,000 applications for ESAs have already been filed by Nevada families, but all have been put on hold awaiting the legal challenges.
Nationwide there are 50 private school choice programs in 25 states and Washington, D.C., and five states including Nevada have education savings account programs.