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AU Legal Director Argues Nevada Voucher Case

A new voucher scheme in Nevada violates the state constitution by directing taxpayer funds to sectarian schools, AU Legal Director Richard B. Katskee told the Nevada Supreme Court in July.

AU and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada are representing five state residents in the Duncan v. State of Nevada case. The groups cite the “no-aid” clause of the state constitution, which forbids giving tax funds to religious institutions. A lower court upheld the program, but AU and the ACLU appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.

A Religion Tax In Nevada?: Americans United Tells State High Court Not To Force Taxpayers To Pay For Sectarian Education

Last summer, Nevada’s governor, Brian Sandoval, signed S.B. 302 into law, establishing the largest school-voucher program in the country.

AU Legal Director Argues Against Voucher Program In Nevada

Nevada’s new voucher program will lead to direct taxpayer funding of religious schools in violation of the Nev­ada Constitution, an Americans Uni­ted attorney recently told a state judge.

During an oral argument held in December, AU Legal Director Richard B. Katskee told a Clark County court that it’s perfectly acceptable for parents to send their children to religious schools – as long as they pay for it themselves.

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.

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.

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.

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.