September 29, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's schools chief is calling Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval's pledge to establish a school voucher program too costly.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday that Superintendent
Keith Rheault (ROW') told the state Board of Education that vouchers for 20,000 students could cost the cash-strapped state more than $100 million.
Vouchers would pay private schools to educate public school transfers.
About 20,000 students currently attend private schools in Nevada, and Rheault's estimate calculates vouchers of $5,200. That's the cost of state per-pupil funding.
Rheault says it could cost another $1 million to administer the program.
Sandoval hasn't detailed how his plan would work.
Reault said Friday he's basing his estimates on past proposals from the Legislature and outgoing Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons.