Melissa Muller's son has special needs. She would like to like to send him to a school like the Achievement Academy in Las Vegas, but she can't afford the $10,000 a year tuition.
Instead, she's sending him to a Nevada public school that is spending $15,000 a year on his education.
That is why, for several sessions, Sen. Barbara Cegavske has introduced a special needs scholarship bill, modeled after the McKay Scholarships in Florida. Unfortunately, her bill has never made it out of committee, and parents, like Melissa, are unable to select the best school for their children, even though doing so would save the state money and improve the lives of children with special needs.
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