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ACLU Appeals After Judge Dismisses Nevada School Choice Lawsuit

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

(AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is appealing a Las Vegas judge's ruling that found the state's sweeping new school choice program is constitutional.

ACLU officials say they don't think the court decision last month gave full weight to portions of the Nevada Constitution that ban using public funds for sectarian purposes. They said they were appealing to the Nevada Supreme Court on Friday.

The voucher-style program approved last year by state lawmakers allows parents to claim their child's per-pupil state education funds and use it toward private schooling.

ACLU filed a court challenge against the program last August.

A Carson City judge ruling on a separate lawsuit against the program put it on hold earlier this year. The hold is being appealed at the Nevada Supreme Court.