Nevada is a step closer to enacting the first universal education savings account program in the nation. On May 27, the state Senate passed a bill to create universal education savings accounts (ESAs) for students to attend private schools, according to a report in the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Senate Bill 302 would grant low-income and special needs students 100 percent of their state per-pupil funds. All other students could receive up to 90 percent. The vote in the Senate divided along party lines, with Democrats in opposition. If SB302 becomes law it would mean most students opted out of traditional public schools and into the ESA program would receive about $5,000 in funding.
The bill still needs to pass in the Assembly and the signature of Gov. Brian Sandoval before becoming law.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is supporting a tax credit for private education. The tax credit is worth a total of $150 million, according to a report in The Buffalo News. State teachers unions oppose the measure and it’s still being debated in the legislature.
The program allots $70 million for credits for families with annual incomes below $60,000 who send their children to private school. $50 million worth of tax credits would go to private donors funding private school scholarships....
Lawmakers in the Louisiana House of Representatives came to a compromise on Common Core, according to an Associated Press report. Two separate bills have garnered support from the House as well as Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The first bill would require a review of Common Core math and English standards. The second bill would stop the use of assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC) and next year’s tests can consist of a maximum of 49 percent PARCC test...