Families in more-affluent neighborhoods in Nevada are still the top applicants for the state’s education-savings-account program, new data show.
Updated information compiled by the state treasurer’s office last month indicates that not much has changed since 2015, though there seems to be a clear trend emerging: Parents living in middle- to upper-class neighborhoods remain much more likely to apply for the program than those living in low-income areas.
Nevada’s ESA program, the first of its kind nationwide to be passed without limiting applicants based on income, would deposit upwards of $5,100 in state education funds into a bank account to be used by approved families for private school tuition, tutoring, and the like. The program was put on hold last year after the state supreme court ruled that ESA funding couldn’t come from the coffers of public education, but it could be revived by lawmakers this year.
A version of this article appeared in the February 08, 2017 edition of Education Week as Nevada Savings Program Draws Wealthier Applicants