Gov. Sandoval signs universal ESA program into law

Creates 46th private school choice program and 5th ESA program in the nation

Today Nevada created the nation’s first universal education savings account program – giving students the opportunity to access educational options that suit their individual learning needs.

“Nevada is one state that is leading the way in creating innovative programs and approaches to educating its students,” said Betsy DeVos, Chairman of the American Federation for Children. “We applaud Gov. Sandoval and the Nevada legislature for their commitment to students and providing each and every one of them with a quality education. We have seen how the education revolution is influencing policy makers across the country, and we are thrilled to see Nevada embrace and champion innovative reform.”

Nevada’s ESA program would allow children who have attended public school for at least 100 days to use state funds to pay for tuition at a school of their parents’ choice. The program also gives students with special needs the opportunity to use funds for specialized services or therapies. Scholarships will range from 90% – 100% of their state education funding depending on a family’s income level or a student’s disability.

The ESA is Nevada’s second school choice program. Earlier this year, the state created a tax credit scholarship program specifically serving children from low-income families.