WATCH: Desperate Nevada Parents Hope Courts Uphold Education Savings Accounts
That includes the future educational opportunities for Dayanara Lara, who hoped to use state money through the savings accounts to attend a private religious school that her family couldn’t afford on their own. According to the Las Vegas Sun, her mother Daysi Lara had already spent $550 on uniforms and school supplies before a state judge brought the program to a halt.
In January, a state judge ruled the new law establishing the education savings accounts diverts public money appropriated for public schools to private schools, some of which are religious — a violation of the state constitution. Schools like Mountain View Christian School, where Lara planned to attend, are at the center of the debate.
The new law, which Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed in June, established education savings accounts that allow families to use the state’s per-pupil education funding at the educational programs of their choice, including private schools and via homeschooling. Although about half of states allow families to use vouchers or tax credits to subsidize private school tuition, education savings accounts go one step farther.
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Edited by Heather Martino