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Nevada OKs $125,000 more to defend voucher-style school program

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 | 12:06 p.m.

Nevada officials have approved another $125,000 to defend a voucher-style education program that's in legal limbo at the state Supreme Court.

The Nevada Board of Examiners is allowing the attorney general's office to spend the money on outside law firm Bancroft Associates, which is home to high-profile lawyer Paul Clement. The firm has already received $420,000 from Nevada, and the Tuesday vote will increase the payout to $545,000.

Supreme Court justices heard arguments last month on whether to lift a hold on the Education Savings Account program, which allows parents to tap public education money for private school tuition.

Opponents including the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada contend the program's unconstitutional. The group's director, Tod Story, said he wondered why the attorney general's office wasn't doing the defense in-house.

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