(Las Vegas, NV) – Elissa Wahl, school choice advocate and founder of RISE Resource Center, has been appointed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval for the newly-established Charter School Authority. This new Board replaces the former subcommittee of the State Board of Education and will be responsible for authorizing and overseeing high-quality charter schools in Nevada.
Wahl, who helped establish the Nevada Homeschool Network, is presently CEO of RISE Resource Center, Las Vegas’ first and only educational facility dedicated to school choice.
“Parents need to understand they are the ultimate decision maker about their child’s education and they need to be aware that there are choices and what they are,” Wahl says, “whether it’s open enrollment choices in traditional public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, religious schools, online schools or homeschooling.”
In 2007, Nevadapassed less restrictive homeschooling laws, allowing homeschooling to be supremely tailored to fit each child’s needs. However, homeschooling is not for every parent. If the choice is between a high-priced private school, homeschooling or public school, many will be forced to choose the public school.
“But what would happen if that public school was being led by an innovative management team who had less restrictions put on them than, say, the local school district does?” Wahl asks. “How about if there were many of these types of public charter schools to choose from, and they had different, wonderful things to offer?”
“The Charter School Authority was established to ensure that regulations pertaining to charter schools will makeNevada a favorable place for new charters to open,” Wahl concluded.
“Nevada, its parents and its children will all benefit from greater choices in education, and I look forward to working on the Charter School Authority to help provide such choices.”