OPINION: Say yes to ESA funding fix

by Richard R. Becker For the four decades I have lived in Nevada, I cannot recall a single legislative session where politicians didn’t attempt to rein in and wrangle what most describe as a failing education system in our state. And yet, inexplicably, if any of them did anything, they only made it worse. It is not just our education …

Richard Becker’s story of why he supports the ESAs

My daughter was headed for Faith Lutheran Middle School next year, but the failure of our legislature to act in favor of ESAs this year put the school out of reach. We now have to scramble, hoping to “win the lottery” and be accepted into a charter school or find an alternative private school within our very tight budget to …

We need ESAs!

In 2012, my son was in fifth grade in public school. He started failing his classes, which was puzzling because he is a very bright child. We talked to his teacher and were told, “It’s ok, he has really good behavior!” It’s ok that my son is failing because he behaves himself in class?! No, it’s not ok! We worked with …

One View: The ACLU is anti-parent and anti-student

In April 2015, Nevada implemented the nation’s first universal education savings account (ESA) program, which is designed to allow parents to use some or all of the funding that would go toward their child’s traditional public education on things such as private school tuition, textbooks, and tutoring. In August, the American Civil Liberties Union sued Nevada over its ESA program, …

One View: Nevada Supreme Court should protect school choice

Nevada’s lawmakers have a constitutional duty to promote the education of Nevada’s children. So with the state‑run public schools overwhelmed by one of the most rapid population growth rates in the country, the Legislature turned for help last year to the people who know Nevada’s children best: their parents. Nevada’s new education savings account (ESA) program gives parents the ability …

CBS8: ESA heads to NEV Supreme Court, parents, kids in limbo

Nevada’s School Choice program will once again be under the microscope as supporters and opponents gear up for hearings before the state supreme court at the end of the month. The school choice program also known as Nevada’s Education Savings Account program has been on shaky ground since lawmakers passed it last year. Ever since the program opened in February, …

NBC4: State experts answer parents’ questions about Education Savings Accounts

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Washoe County parents packed the gym at Bishop Manogue High School Tuesday night in search of answers about the State’s proposed Education Savings Accounts. State leaders, including Grant Hewitt with the Nevada Treasurer’s Office, answered questions from parents. How the accounts work has been confusing for many parents. The voucher-style program approved …

ELY TIMES: High court should follow judge’s rationale for upholding ESA program

The Nevada Supreme Court could save itself a lot of time and effort by just cutting and pasting a Clark County judge’s 45-page ruling this past week on the constitutionality of the state’s education savings account (ESA) law. Though Court Judge Eric Johnson’s decision dismissed an American Civil Liberties Union suit that claimed the law violates the state Constitution’s prohibition …

CBS8: Judge throws out lawsuit against state’s ESA program

A Las Vegas judge dealt a blow to opponents of Nevada’s School Choice bill.  District Court Judge Eric Johnson recently dismissed a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union that was seeking to declare the law unconstitutional. The judges decision is listed in 45 pages of documents, in which Judge Johnson found the school choice law constitutional because it doesn’t …