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Online Class Won't Cut It For Education Savings Accounts

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Taking an online public school class for 100 days isn't enough for private school or home school students to qualify for Nevada's Education Savings Account program.

The Nevada Treasurer's Office clarified proposed rules this week on the program, which allows parents to use a large portion of their child's per-pupil state education funding toward a private school or for other qualified education expenses.

Nevada lawmakers specified that participants must be in public school for at least 100 days before they're eligible. The intent was to prevent a major influx of demand from all the state's current private school students.

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Students in an online public charter school are still considered enrolled in public school and would qualify, but students aren't eligible by enrolling in private school and an online class concurrently.