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Americans United Joins Lawsuit Challenging Broad Nevada Voucher Program

Three civil liberties organizations, including Americans United, recently filed suit in a Nevada court to challenge a school voucher program signed into law in June by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United sued Aug. 27 on behalf of a group of parents, clergy and others who oppose the program’s effort to divert taxpayer money to private, religious schools. Read more

Nevada Passes Sweeping School Choice Law

Starting next academic year, Nevada parents may apply publicly funded savings accounts to tuition at private religious schools. Parents may also use the money for home schooling, and the funds are available to all children, regardless of family income.

“I think a healthy public school system has choice, and we’re going to see all kinds of schools pop up to serve the individual needs of students,” said State Sen. Scott Hammond (R), who co-sponsored the bill. Read more

Bad Gamble: Nevada’s New ‘School Choice’ Bill May Violate State Constitution

Nevada has adopted a sweeping expansion of its school choice program, making individual savings accounts available to parents sending children to sectarian and even home schools. The Washington Post reports that parents will have $5,000 at their disposal to use on state-approved educational materials, including tuition, books and transportation. Gov. Read more

Brittany Bombs: Court Pulls Plug On Nevada Senior's Graduation-Sermon Lawsuit

Britney Spears' "Circus" tour is just getting under way. Brittany McComb's tour through the federal court system is about to come to an end.

In 2006, McComb made national headlines with her high school valedictorian speech.

As the Nevada senior began to tell her fellow graduates how God's "love is something that we all desire, it's unprejudiced, it's merciful, it's free, it's real, it's huge, it's everlasting.... God's love is so great that He gave up His only son," school officials pulled the plug on her microphone. Read more