A recently created political action committee has set its sights on reviving education savings accounts — a politically divisive concept that would allow parents to use state money to pay for private school tuition or other qualifying educational expenses.
A PAC called Education Freedom for Nevada filed both a statutory and constitutional initiative with the secretary of state’s office on Monday to establish the voucher-style program. The Nevada Current first reported the initiatives.
Erin Phillips, co-founder and president of the advocacy organization Power2Parent, serves as chairwoman of the new PAC. In a news release announcing the initiatives, she described the move as “needed now in Nevada more than ever” given continued challenges in the state’s K-12 public education system and learning disparities exacerbated by pandemic-related disruptions.
“The reality is that parents are really frustrated and they don’t feel like the Legislature or their elected officials have stood up for their kids, especially in the last 20 months or so,” Phillips said in a phone interview.
The portion of the article is shared as part of our collaboration with The Nevada Independent. This story was originally published on February 2, 2022 and written by Jackie Valley.