Missouri Lawmakers Debate, Nevada Lawmakers Innovate
While Missouri lawmakers were vigorously debating whether students in chronically failing schools should be allowed to go to better schools, Nevada lawmakers did something remarkable—they created the most far-reaching, innovative school choice program to date. Yesterday, Gov. Sandoval signed the expansive education savings account bill into law. This will allow Nevada parents to take control of their child’s education like never before.
All students who have attended a public school for at least 100 days are eligible to receive an Education Savings Account. Depending on family income, students can receive either 90 or 100 percent of the average state expenditure per-pupil. This translates to approximately $5,100 or $5,700. Families can use these funds to pay for private school tuition or a host of other education-related expenses. For more on the details of this program, check out this excellent summary by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.
This is truly an enormous victory for school choice supporters.