Sandoval Proclaims School Choice Week in Nevada

Highlights Early Successes of Opportunity Scholarships


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Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
Carson City, NV - January 26, 2016

Governor Brian Sandoval proudly joins states and communities across America in proclaiming January 24, 2016 - January 30, 2016 as School Choice Week in Nevada. Sandoval is joined by millions of educators, parents, students, schools, and community leaders across the country who help raise awareness of the importance of education options for families and students.

“Every student deserves access to a high-quality education and a key component of strengthening Nevada’s education system includes empowering families with the ability to make the best choices for their young learners. We know that when parents are able to explore and identify the best education options for their child it improves academic performance and increases parental involvement which is critical to student success,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “We recently made significant strides in enhancing and expanding Nevada’s school choice efforts and we are witnessing the success of Nevada’s landmark Opportunity Scholarship Program which is currently helping more than 350 students. I believe that district schools, private schools, charter schools, and home-based instruction all play an essential role in preparing our students for success in the classroom and beyond.”

Details on Nevada’s Landmark Opportunity Scholarship Program:

The Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program (Opportunity Scholarships) was established with the passage of Assembly Bill 165 during the 78th session of the Nevada Legislature. The program offers tax credits to businesses that donate money to a scholarship organization. These organizations offer scholarships to Nevada students and allow children of low-income families to attend the school of their choice. The tax credits, available to any business which pays the Modified Business Tax, are limited to a total of $5 million in the 2015-16 school year with an increase of 10 percent per year thereafter. According to the Nevada Department of Taxation, the full allotment of $5 million in credits has been requested and there is a waiting list of businesses wishing to help provide scholarships.

The scholarships, awarded by nonprofit organizations which receive a contribution from the approved businesses, are directed to serve children in households with income not more than 300 percent of the poverty level.

Opportunity Scholarship Statistics*

Opportunity Scholarship Statistics
Active Scholarship Grant Organizations 3
Registered Schools 78
Number of Schools with Scholarship Recipients 42
Total Scholarship Grants Awarded 371
Schools with 1 to 5 grants 27

*These statistics are as of November 2015

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