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Nevada Supreme Court Orders School Choice Program Suspended

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s voucher-style Education Savings Account program’s funding mechanism is unconstitutional and the program should remain suspended.

Justices issued a 4-2 ruling on Thursday calling for a permanent injunction on the program, which was on hold on a temporary basis.

The ruling says the program authorized last spring by the Nevada Legislature did not have its own dedicated funding source and is unlawfully drawing on money allocated for public schools in the state’s Distributive School Account.

Lawmakers passed a Republican-backed bill last year creating what was seen as the broadest school choice program in the country. It would allow parents to use public funds for private school tuition.

Groups filed two lawsuits against it shortly after. No funds were ever disbursed to families.

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