SB302 Educational Savings Accounts (ESA’s) have been declared constitutional by the Nevada Supreme Court and would provide $5,000 for each student to use towards their private school tuition. Currently they are on hold waiting for a funding source. AB165 The second program is the scholarship program based on the household size and income. Scholarships […]
School Choice Update
In 2015, the State of Nevada passed two bills that can provide tuition money for private school students (School Choice).
The first, SB302, is available to all students who have attended Clark County Schools for at least 100 days or are 5 or 6 years old or from a family with an active military service person.
The second, AB165, is the scholarship program based on the household size and income. Scholarships of up to $7,750 are available. If your household earns 300% or less of the poverty level as determined by the federal government, your family will be eligible. (2 people in the household must have a household income less than $48,060, 3 people must have less than $60,480, 4 people less than $72,900, 5 people less than $85,320 and 6 people less than $97,740, etc.) Income information comes from 2016’s federal tax return.
If your family qualifies, you will want to go to the web page: http://www.doe.nv.gov/Private_Schools/Nevada_Choice_Scholarship_Program/
Just above the title, in the center of the page is a link to the list of Registered Scholarship Organizations. Contact these groups for applications, deadlines and other details. Each entity has its own application process and deadlines which vary from organization to organization. Scholarship funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis of completed applications. Scholarships are funded by the Modified Business Tax through the Nevada Department of Taxation.
The following are their current status.
SB302, Educational Savings Accounts (ESA’s) have been declared constitutional by the Nevada Supreme Court and would provide $5,000 for each student to use towards their private school tuition. Currently they are on hold waiting for a funding source which may come during the 2017 Legislative Session. We encourage all 5 and 6 year olds to […]
The ruling by the Nevada Supreme Court on Educational Savings Accounts (ESA) has been made. It was both good and bad news. The good; ESA’s are not unconstitutional and can be used for religious schools. The bad news is that the funding cannot come from the DSA as planned. It appears that another law will […]
There are two distinct School Choice programs. 1) SB302 ESA (Education Savings Accounts) Gives each student $5,000 to use for private education and is currently on hold due to law suits. Oral arguments for both the Lopez injunction and the Duncan ACLU appeal will be heard by the Nevada Supreme Court on July 29th unless […]
Judge James Wilson, Jr., issued a temporary injunction blocking the Nevada Treasurer from implementing the ESA program. In his ruling, Judge Wilson asserts that the program “violates Article 11, Section 3, Section 6.1 and Section 2 and that irreparable harm will result if an injunction is not entered.”For the moment, this ruling freezes the ESA program […]
Dear GV Christian Family, Over the holidays the legislature met and approved the following exemptions to the 100 day rule to apply for an ESA: The regulations provided two exemptions to the 100 day rule, those are: If your child is over 5 by September 30th of the school year and under age 7, they would […]
Dear GV Christian Parents, The Nevada Policy Institute has sent out a letter to inform parents whose students already attend private schools that there may be a way for Governor Sandoval to change the law to allow students to qualify for a smaller ESA if they already attend private school. Here is the letter that […]
Dear GV Christian Parents, Here is the latest on the School Choice Bills. This was written by the Association of Christian Schools International, our accreditting organization. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your administrator. TO: Nevada ACSI Christian school leaders FROM: The ACSI Legal/Legislative office and RM Regional Director RE: Nevada […]
Dear GV Christian Family, There has been a change in the eligibility rules. Dual enrollment is now NOT an option. If you still want to enroll your child in CCSD to gain the 100 days so you will be elgible for the Educational Savings Account, I will start working on a plan to keep them […]
Here are the latest recommendations based on the ever changing information we are receiving on the School Choice Bills recently passed in Nevada: AB165 Scholarships up to $7,750 based on economic need. Family must be at 300% of the poverty level or below to qualify. We are a registered school. See Nevada Choice Scholarship Program for […]