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ExcelinEd Supports Defense of Nevada’s Education Savings Account Program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Today, the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) submitted an amicus brief with the Nevada Supreme Court in support of the state’s Education Savings Account program, the most expansive educational choice program in the nation.

The amicus curiae brief supports the state’s motion to dismiss a constitutional challenge to the program filed by opponents in the case Duncan v. State of Nevada. The brief was prepared by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP on behalf of ExcelinEd.

“ExcelinEd stands with the elected representatives of the state of Nevada and with the thousands of parents who have applied to take advantage of the Education Savings Account program to provide better opportunities for their children,’’  said Patricia Levesque, CEO of ExcelinEd. “A system that dictates where children go to school, regardless of the quality of the school or the wishes of the parents, is neither equitable nor effective. Educational choice offers families newfound freedom and flexibility to chart their own path to success.”

“Nevada’s ESA Program is a powerful tool for parents seeking the best education for their children, and we are happy again to help ExcelinEd support the state of Nevada in its continued efforts to empower children and families,” said Todd Zubler, a partner with Wilmer Hale.

Nevada’s Education Savings Account (ESA) legislation is a landmark achievement, providing parents of up to 450,000 eligible students in the state with the funding to select schools, tutors and other approved education services for their children, including necessary therapies for students with disabilities. With these accounts, parents can customize an education plan that best meets the needs of their children, both in the near term and for their future.

So far, more than 5,000 applications have been received by the State Treasurer’s Office.

To learn more about Nevada’s ESA program and ExcelinEd’s support, visit