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Bond Ordered In School Choice Lawsuit

A judge has ordered opponents of Nevada's new Education Savings Account program to post a $75,000 bond to cover the costs of putting the program on hold if they ultimately lose their case.

Carson City Judge James Wilson's decision this week is less than the $239,000 that Treasurer Dan Schwartz had requested to cover nearly $3,000 a month in application data storage fees and $125,000 to retain outside lawyers.

But it's more than lawyers for six public school families wanted. The plaintiffs wanted the bond to be "nominal," or almost nothing.

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Wilson said he didn't have enough evidence from either side to support their requested bond amounts, but said $75,000 was reasonable.

The bond would be paid out if a court-ordered hold on the program is lifted later.