The Sept. 7 editorial “School choice that goes too far” lamented the creation of the most expansive school choice program in the nation. Nevada lawmakers took a bold step by creating an education savings account program — not a voucher program, as described in the editorial — that will help students leave a school that doesn’t work for them.
A survey released this summer finds that education savings accounts of $5,100 for middle- and upper-income students and $5,700 for low-income and special-needs pupils will cover at least 80 percent of private school tuition and fees in grades kindergarten through five, 70 percent for tuition in grades six through eight and 63 percent of tuition in grades nine through 12. Nevada also adopted a tax credit scholarship program to offer financial assistance to low-income pupils.
To dispel misconceptions about the affordability of private schools, Nevada private schools charge a median tuition of $6,450 or less for students in grades kindergarten through five, for example, and $8,100 for high school. Unless The Post is going to argue against allowing the right of wealthy families to access a free public education in affluent suburban neighborhoods, it is disingenuous to argue against Nevada’s universal education savings account program because it might help a handful of wealthy families. As Nobel economist Milton Friedman said, universal vouchers will help the rich hardly at all, the middle class somewhat and the poor disproportionately.
Robert Enlow, Indianapolis
The writer is president and chief executive of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.