Nevada Enacts Country’s Biggest-Ever School Choice Program

Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed a law giving the state the country’s most far-reaching school choice law.

The bill, passed on a strict party-line vote through the Republican-controlled legislature, implements a form of school choice called an education savings account (ESA), which has already been implemented in four other states.

Education savings accounts give parents control over their child’s share of public school funding and lets them direct it towards other purposes, such as getting an outside tutor or paying tuition at a private school. While similar to school vouchers, ESAs are somewhat different because they rely on giving parents money to use as they wish, rather than sending funds directly to private schools. This allows for more flexibility, such as parents keeping their children enrolled part-time in public schools while also paying for outside lessons.