What “groundbreaking” education reform really looks like

Victor Joecks

Memo to all those in the Nevada Legislature who think the minor education reforms passed during the last session are a big deal. Those reforms are small improvements, but this is what education reforms that “make a big difference” look like.

Today, the Virginia State Senate passed a tax-credit scholarship bill by a vote of 20-20. The tie was broken by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.

“Virginia lawmakers concluded what Democrats and Republicans in 17 other states have long known: School choice helps parents obtain better learning environments for their children,” Robert Enlow, President and CEO of the Friedman Foundation, said.

The Senate measure now faces a vote in the Virginia House, which passed its own tax-credit scholarship measure earlier this week. Should it receive House approval, Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to sign the bill into law. Accordingly, Virginia would join eight other states that offer tax credits to nonprofits that, in turn, distribute private school scholarships.

It’s not just Virginia either. Last year, thirteen states created new school choice programs, including Indiana implementing the largest school choice program in the country. Our Southern neighbor, Arizona, was really inventive and passed educational savings accounts.

School choice is an educational reform that improves results for those choosing new schools and those remaining in their old schools and can save taxpayer dollars.

School choice in Nevada? Now that’s what “groundbreaking” education reform looks like.