April 13, 2015
RELEASE: Excel National Applauds Governor Sandoval on Educational Choice Legislation
New law expands power of choice to parents and students
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Excellence in Education National (@Excel_National) Executive Director Patricia Levesque issued the following statement on Governor Brian Sandoval signing into law the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program (AB 165). The program will provide tax credit scholarships for families in need of high-quality school options for their children’s education. The Scholarship Program was a top priority for Governor Sandoval, who worked tirelessly along with State Superintendent Dale Erquiaga to champion this legislation. The Nevada Assembly passed AB 165 on April 1 and the Nevada Senate passed the bill on April 7.
“School choice is a powerful tool that can change lives. The Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program allows every Nevada student to access the best education possible. We thank Governor Sandoval for his leadership and bold vision to reform education on behalf of Nevada’s students, families and communities. We look forward to the success of this program and the benefits it will provide to Nevada students.”
Facts about the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program (AB 165):
- The Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program will make Nevada the 15th state in the nation to pass a tax credit scholarship program, which provides tax credits to businesses and individuals who donate to non-profit organizations that award tuition scholarships to eligible students.
- These programs rely on private, voluntary donations from taxpayers – not state or local funds.
- The Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program allows students of families who are at 300 percent of the poverty level or lower to apply for a scholarship.
- The program is capped at $5 million in credits in year one and grows by 10 percent each year thereafter.
- In 2013-14 alone, the 14 states with tax credit scholarship programs provided alternative education options to nearly 200,000 students.
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