The high court heard two challenges to Nevada’s Education Savings Account program, or ESAs, passed by the Republican-controlled legislature last year.
The ESAs are designed to give parents the state’s per-pupil allocation, roughly $5,000, to pay for private school tuition and other qualified programs.At question in the first challenge is whether the state inappropriately diverted funds from public schools.
Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general, represented the state in defending the program.”That’s why this is a very practical approach,” he said. “They have one account, the Distributed School Account, that is going to fund everybody that stays in the public school and everybody that uses the Education Savings Account.”
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