Nevada’s Education Savings Accounts program provide Nevada students with the opportunity to attend private school, online school, or home-based education thanks to the new Nevada Education Savings Accounts (ESA) program.
Passed by Nevada’s 2015 Legislature, the program was initally intended to be available to Nevada families by 2016. However, after the injunction was placed by District Court Judge James Wilson on January 11, 2016, families have been unable to take advantage of the nation’s most inclusive school choice program.
Under the program, the parents of participating students will receive a portion of funding the State of Nevada spends on public school students — between approximately $5,100 and $5,700 per year — to pay for non-public school education and related expense.
Parents decide how and where to spend the money, empowering them to truly direct their child’s education for the first time ever. The Nevada ESA program means families who could never before afford to send their child to private school now have the ability to do so.
Parents who’ve wanted to teach their children at home now have the financial resources to direct their child’s education as they see fit.
Students struggling to keep up in school can get the attention and individualized education they need, while their peers who long to be challenged can reach their full potential.
Governor Brian Sandoval has promised to make ESAs a priority in the 2017 Legislative Session. The current version of the bill, SB506 is making its way through the legislative process.