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Nevada Action for School Options is thrilled to offer the Clark County education community the opening session of its Thursday Afternoon Spring Speakers Series, featuring American education reform icon Jeanne Allen along with Nevada education leader Pat Hickey, Executive Director of the Charter Schools Association of Nevada, discussing trends, developments and issues of particular importance to the education future of our community.  Please come join us at 5pm on Thursday, April 19 (Please RSVP to events[at] or by marking “going” to this event on Facebook.)

Come by sometime and spend some time with our new one-of-a-kind large wall map showing every CCSD, public charter, and nonpublic school in the Las Vegas Valley.  As we pursue our mission of advancing high-quality educational opportunities for all Nevada students, we think educators, charter school leaders and people across our community can benefit from some quality time building their understanding of where schools are, which are the most underserved neighborhoods, and how it all fits together on the map.

Has anyone else built a similar tool?  If so, please let us know, we’d love to talk about it.

Thanks to a new analysis by the Nevada Policy Research Institutes’s Daniel Honchariw, we see how well-constructed school choice programs hold substantial benefits, not only for the students and their families able to take advantage, but for taxpayers as well.

The program allows businesses that pay Nevada’s Modified Business Tax to receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits for scholarships which income-eligible students (from households with income up to 300 percent of the federal poverty threshold) can use toward tuition for participating private schools and through approved scholarship organizations.  The scholarship size is limited, as is the total amount of funds statewide which can be used by the program.

Using the average, annual per-student spending of $9,165 and the average size of each scholarship awarded, the NPRI report calculates that Nevada taxpayers have saved $1.14 for each tax dollar spent on the program to date.  What’s more, because most of the dollars raised through the tax credits have not actually been spent yet on scholarships (as the process moves forward), the report finds that taxpayers will actually save $1.92 for every tax-credit dollar, because nonpublic schools will actually be assuming responsibility for serving those students.

The program includes requirements for participation by nonpublic schools, including administering norm-referenced annual tests to scholarship students.

In fact, numerous studies have shown that actual per-student spending levels are substantially higher, when other subsidies including building and maintaining school buildings are factored in — so actual taxpayer benefits are likely even greater than those described in the report.  With Nevada experiencing some of the nation’s fastest growth in its school-aged population, and with overcrowding and teacher shortages already common in its public schools, Nevada officials are well-served to pay attention to the fiscal, as well as educational, benefits of choice programs like the Educational Choice Scholarship Program.

Nevada Action is an approved scholarship organization.  Reach us at info[at]nevadaaction[dot]org for information on how to contribute or apply for scholarships.

Read Honchariw’s paper, “Nevada’s Opportunity Scholarship: A Win for Students and Taxpayers.” 

Nevada Action for School Options
Spring Speakers’ Series

Thursday Afternoons

April 19, 2018       Jeanne Allen, One of the Nation’s Most In-Demand Education Reform Speakers, Kicks off Our Spring Speakers Series

Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO, Center for Education Reform; and Pat Hickey, Executive Director, Charter School Association of Nevada

Pat Hickey

April 26, 2018     Anthony Kim Discusses his Latest Book, The New School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools

Anthony Kim, Founder and CEO, Education Elements

May 3, 2018    Spring Speakers Series: Sara Mead and Dr. Kim Metcalf

Sara Mead, Partner, Bellwether Education Partners; and Dr. Kim Metcalf, Dean, University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Education

May 17, 2018           “Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision Discussion: Nevada’s Future is Bright with Empowered Families”

Gerard Robinson, President, Center for Advancing Opportunity, chair of the Trump Administration’s education transition team; and State Senator Scott Hammond


All events are free and open to the public. We strongly encourage you to RSVP to:

241 West Charleston Boulevard, Suite 150
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Tel : 702-706-5795