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July 29, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Tax breaks for donating to schools

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Gov. Brian Sandoval has challenged the Legislature to make progress reforming Nevada’s schools. Because the state constitution prohibits the use of a voucher system to advance the cause of school choice, more ingenuity must be used to give our children a better shot at a quality education.

One proposal, Senate Bill 445, would give tax breaks to companies that donate to private schools. Tax breaks would be equal to the amounts donated, not to exceed $5 million per year. Scholarships would be targeted toward children who come from poorer households, providing them with a chance to get a better education.

Providing funding straight from the taxpayer to a scholarship would be effective. Allowing the money to bypass red tape, politicians and administrators would result in the most effective use of the money.

Of course, the teachers unions are lining up against the bill. We have no doubt about where their priorities lie; they support “pro-public school” measures and candidates. So far, trusting only public schools has stranded Nevada at the bottom of nationwide ranks.

It’s time to make changes.

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