Lawsuit over Nevada school choice program heads to court

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada attorneys are headed to court to fight a lawsuit that could dismantle the state's broad new school choice program.

The Nevada Attorney General's Office is set to argue Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas that a judge should dismiss a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The group is challenging Education Savings Accounts, which allow parents to claim a portion of their child's per-pupil state education funding and use it toward expenses such as private school tuition.

The suit filed in August asserts that the new law violates a portion of the Nevada Constitution that bans using public funds for sectarian purposes.

Nevada attorneys say the program doesn't provide money to religious schools but to parents, who can choose to use it at a religious school or elsewhere.

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