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School Choice Update #4

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 the school received. Please read it and support the amendment.

Mrs. Ingalls

Dear Administrators,

As you know, over the last six months there’s been a huge public outcry over the 100-day rule in Education Savings Accounts and how unjust it is for current private school families. Right now, there is a one-time shot to fix this.

While Treasurer Schwartz has been sympathetic to those concerns, the only way to fix this issue before the 2017 legislative session is for Gov. Sandoval to call a special session and for lawmakers to find a way to pay for it.

It is being reported that Gov. Sandoval is going to call a special session next Wednesday, Dec. 16, to give tax breaks to a car company. He needs to hear from you and from every parent at your school that eliminating the 100-day requirement from ESAs must be on the agenda. His office number is 775-684-5670. It is imperative that you call this week! He needs to hear from thousands of fired up families to feel the pressure necessary to make this happen.

And the good news is that NPRI has identified how to pay for this without raising taxes or cutting wasteful General Fund spending ? which makes this politically possible. The details are here, but in short, current private school students would get a $2,000 ESA for the 2016-17 school year, with the amount of the ESA growing to $3,000 in FY18, $3,500 in FY19, $4,500 in FY20, and then fully catching up in FY21.

It’s not perfect, but it’s much better than the status quo. It’s a plan with a real shot politically.

After you call Gov. Sandoval, parents should also call the following Legislative leaders. If these leadership officials wanted, they could persuade Sandoval to consider expanding ESAs to current private-school parents by refusing to pass Sandoval’s car company tax breaks.

· Sen. Majority Leader Michael Roberson,Michael.Roberson@sen.state.nv.us, 702-612-6929

· Assembly Speaker John Hambrick,John.Hambrick@asm.state.nv.us,702-242-8580

· Assembly Majority Leader Paul Anderson,Paul.Anderson@asm.state.nv.us,702-410-6645

The special session is happening next week, and this will be the only chance to fix this for the foreseeable future.”

Karen Gray, NPRI Citizen Engagement Coordinator