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School Voucher Defenders Seek $125k More for Legal Battle

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada officials want another $125,000 to defend a voucher-style education program that’s in a legal battle at the state Supreme Court.

The Nevada Attorney General’s Office wants to expand a contract with outside law firm Bancroft Associates, which is home to high-profile lawyer Paul Clement. The firm has already received $420,000 from Nevada, and the state Board of Examiners meets Tuesday to consider increasing the payout to $545,000.

Supreme Court justices heard arguments last month on whether to lift a hold on the Education Savings Account program, which allows parents to tap public education money for private school tuition.

Opponents including the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada contend the program’s unconstitutional. The group’s director, Tod Story, said he wondered why the attorney general’s office wasn’t doing the defense in-house.

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