A Nevada court has rejected arguments by Americans United and its allies that the state’s new voucher program directs public funds to the support of sectarian schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.