In 2015, when the Nevada legislature passed SB302, school voucher advocates celebrated to the hilt. They had good reason: The new law would offer so-called Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) to every one of the state’s 500,000 K-12 students — the most ambitious such program in the nation.
The Nevada law was a potential game-changer because ESAs have become a model across the nation on how to tweak and rebrand school vouchers, a policy that is consistently unpopular with the general public. Vouchers have been voted down at the ballot box every time they’ve been attempted through referendum.
So imagine the disappointment two years later, when the legislature refused to allocate the funding necessary to implement the program, essentially pulling the plug on ESAs in the state.