If tuition was less than 75 percent of the support, then the lower amount that would be provided, Woodbury said.
16, 2010) CARSON CITY – A handful of state lawmakers have tried and failed over the years to establish a voucher plan for Nevada students, giving parents a share of their taxes spent on public education so they can pick a school that best meets the needs of their children.Two bills were introduced in the Assembly in 2009 to begin such programs. “I believe that we need to give the choice of education back to parents and get them involved,” he said after the speech.“We at the ACLU cannot imagine a voucher program that gives direct taxpayer funding to secular institutions that can in anyway comport without our constitutional prohibition on using public money for religious purposes,” she said.Rowland said the prohibition “creates a very real hurdle for anyone trying to institute a voucher program in Nevada.” People have a right to attend religious schools, just not with public funds, she said.Licensed schools must use licensed teachers and follow other requirements.
Students would have to pass the high school proficiency exam to earn a diploma.
“We have 142 schools in the state of Nevada that are rated as the worst schools in the nation.” Gibbons said parents of students attending these schools should have the choice to go elsewhere.
“I believe that vouchers give that choice to parents,” he said.
Those private schools that are not licensed would be ineligible.
There are about 75 so called “exempt,” or non-licensed schools, operating in Nevada right now.
“We fully intend on amending the proclamation between now and sine die (the end of the session),” Reedy said.