ON-Lion Letter

In August, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Nevada's Education Savings Account (ESA) Program

"We fully intend to defend [the ESA program] against this baseless and cynical lawsuit," said Tim Keller, a senior attorney at the Arizona office of the Institute for Justice (IJ) in Arlington, Va.  The program "was enacted to help parents and children whose needs are not being met in their current public schools, and we will work with them to intervene in this lawsuit and defeat it.

"The Supreme Court of the United States, as well as numerous state supreme courts, have already held that educational choice programs, like Nevada's ESA Program, are constitutional," Keller continued.  "We expect the same from Nevada courts. 

"The ACLU claims the ESA program unconstitutionally furthers a religious or sectarian purpose because it allows parents to choose religious educational options for their children.  But it is precisely the independent decision-making by parents that severs any link between church and state.  As with all constitutional educational choice programs, parents -- and not the government -- decide the best educational setting for their child."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports IJ.

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