Nevada Students Threatened By Special Interests
Injunction Hurts Families by Halting Educational Reform
(Las Vegas, NV) – This week, a Carson City District Court Judge granted an injunction that blocks the implementation of Nevada’s Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) — the new school choice law that is regarded as the most widespread in the country — pursuant to a challenge brought by a group of parents. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and others are challenging the law, claiming it violates the state constitution and drains funds from public schools. This new educational reform enjoys strong support from the legislature, the state, and the thousands of families who had set up accounts during the enrollment process. This court action hurts families who have already begun to make decisions about their children’s educational future.
Rachel Campos-Duffy, National Spokesperson for The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
“Ensuring access to a quality education is more important than ever – and providing more educational options for Nevada families is an important step. Unfortunately, it seems that opponents of the law are more interested in protecting unions than students. Instead of maintaining the status quo by simply funding institutions, ESAs go to the student and empower their families to make the best educational decision for their child. Establishing educational savings accounts would ensure that educational dollars are used in the most efficient, effective, and accountable ways possible. Letting money follow the students will help to keep all institutions accountable. These reforms not only help schools improve, but also to help students realize greater learning gains. The courts should put the interests of students and parents first.