[Rev. 12/7/2018 12:52:15 PM]

[NAC-388D Revised Date: 12-18]

CHAPTER 388D - ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL CHOICES

388D.010           “Registered private school” defined.

388D.030           Registration of scholarship organization to participate in Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program.

388D.040           Information provided quarterly and annually to Department by registered scholarship organization; Department to compile and review information.

388D.050           Annual financial statement of registered scholarship organization; notice of ineligibility or ceasing to exist; disclosure of certain financial records.

388D.060           Notice to Department of Taxation of certain donations received by registered scholarship organization; maximum duration to carry forward donation.

388D.070           Department of Education to maintain directory of scholarship organizations on Internet website, submit quarterly list of scholarship organizations to Department of Taxation and submit annually summary of certain information.

388D.080           Application to receive grant from registered scholarship organization; responsibilities of organization; order of priority to award grants.

388D.090           Notice to school district that pupil will not attend current school; written statement to and quarterly payments from scholarship organization; transfer of pupil; authorized uses of grant.

388D.100           Registration of school with Department to receive grant on behalf of pupil.

388D.110           Annual administration of norm-referenced test approved by Department.

388D.120           Quarterly submission of electronic list of certain information; annual report of aggregate data.

388D.130           Complaint concerning violation of Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program; required information; determination and authorized actions.

 

 

 

     NAC 388D.010  “Registered private school” defined. (NRS 388D.270)  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, “registered private school” means a private school that is registered with the Department pursuant to NAC 388D.100.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.6013)

     NAC 388D.030  Registration of scholarship organization to participate in Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program. (NRS 388D.270)  To participate in the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program, a scholarship organization must register with the Department by providing:

     1.  On a form provided by the Superintendent of Public Instruction:

     (a) The name, address and contact information of the scholarship organization; and

     (b) If the scholarship organization uses a fiscal year other than July 1 to June 30, the period of the fiscal year used by the scholarship organization;

     2.  Evidence of an official declaration by the Internal Revenue Service that the scholarship organization qualifies as a tax-exempt organization pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 501(c);

     3.  Confirmation that the scholarship organization is incorporated pursuant to chapter 82 of NRS;

     4.  A copy of the written procedures established pursuant to NAC 388D.080; and

     5.  An affidavit signed by the chief executive officer or president or chair of the board of directors of the scholarship organization under penalty of perjury stating that:

     (a) No member of the board of directors or employee of the scholarship organization:

          (1) Has declared bankruptcy within the 7 years immediately preceding the date on which the affidavit is submitted; or

          (2) Has ever been convicted of a felony; and

     (b) Neither the scholarship organization nor any member of the board of directors or employee thereof owns or operates a school in this State that receives grant money from the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.6015)

     NAC 388D.040  Information provided quarterly and annually to Department by registered scholarship organization; Department to compile and review information. (NRS 388D.270)

     1.  Each scholarship organization that is registered with the Department pursuant to NAC 388D.030 shall:

     (a) By not later than August 15, October 15, January 15 and March 15 of each year, provide to the Department in a format prescribed by the Department an electronic list of each pupil on behalf of whom the scholarship organization awarded a grant pursuant to NRS 388D.270 for the previous quarter. The electronic list must include:

          (1) Demographic information for each pupil, including the name, date of birth, grade level, gender and race or ethnicity of the pupil, whether the pupil has a disability, the household income of the pupil calculated pursuant to NAC 388D.080 and the name and address of the parent or guardian of the pupil;

          (2) The amount of each grant provided on behalf of a pupil;

          (3) The manner in which money from each grant has been used, including, without limitation:

               (I) The name of each school that has received money from a grant;

               (II) The tuition and fees charged by each such school; and

               (III) Any portion of such money that has been used to pay for the transportation to and from the school; and

          (4) The number of applications for a grant received by the scholarship organization for which a grant was not awarded and the reason that a grant was not awarded in each case.

     (b) Annually submit to the Department the name of the school attended by each pupil on whose behalf a grant is provided during the school year immediately preceding the school year for which the grant is awarded or, if such a pupil was not enrolled in a school, whether the pupil was a homeschooled child, an opt-in child or was not required to attend school pursuant to NRS 392.040 for that school year.

     2.  The Department will annually:

     (a) Compile the information submitted by each scholarship organization pursuant to subsection 1; and

     (b) Review the information to determine whether to change the priority for awarding grants prescribed by NAC 388D.080 or to recommend legislation to revise the priority for awarding grants to the Legislature.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.602)

     NAC 388D.050  Annual financial statement of registered scholarship organization; notice of ineligibility or ceasing to exist; disclosure of certain financial records. (NRS 388D.270)  Each scholarship organization that is registered with the Department pursuant to NAC 388D.030 shall:

     1.  Not more than 180 days after the conclusion of the fiscal year of the scholarship organization, submit to the Department a copy of an audited or compiled financial statement of the scholarship organization prepared by an independent certified public accountant.

     2.  If the scholarship organization no longer meets the qualifications prescribed by law to participate in the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program as a scholarship organization or ceases to exist, notify the Department of Education within 30 days. Upon receiving such notification, the Department of Education will update the directory maintained pursuant to NAC 388D.070 and notify the Department of Taxation.

     3.  Within 72 hours after receiving notice from the Superintendent of Public Instruction or his or her designee, make any financial records of the scholarship organization or records concerning a pupil maintained by the scholarship organization available to the Superintendent or his or her designee for inspection during regular business hours.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.6025)

     NAC 388D.060  Notice to Department of Taxation of certain donations received by registered scholarship organization; maximum duration to carry forward donation. (NRS 388D.270)

     1.  A scholarship organization that is registered with the Department of Education pursuant to NAC 388D.030 shall notify the Department of Taxation in writing not more than 10 days after receiving a donation from a taxpayer pursuant to NRS 363A.139 or 363B.119, as applicable, of the amount of the donation.

     2.  Any donation received by a scholarship organization must not be carried forward for more than 5 years after the last day of the calendar year in which the donation is made.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.603)

     NAC 388D.070  Department of Education to maintain directory of scholarship organizations on Internet website, submit quarterly list of scholarship organizations to Department of Taxation and submit annually summary of certain information. (NRS 388D.270)  The Department of Education will:

     1.  Maintain on its Internet website a directory of each scholarship organization that is registered with the Department of Education pursuant to NAC 388D.030 and, by not later than September 30, December 30, March 30 and June 30 of each year, submit to the Department of Taxation a list of each such scholarship organization.

     2.  By not later than March 30 of each year, submit to the Governor, the State Board and the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau a summary of the information reported to the Department by each scholarship organization pursuant to NRS 388D.280.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.6035)

     NAC 388D.080  Application to receive grant from registered scholarship organization; responsibilities of organization; order of priority to award grants. (NRS 388D.270)

     1.  The parent or guardian of a pupil who meets the requirements to receive a grant pursuant to NRS 388D.270 may apply to a scholarship organization registered with the Department pursuant to NAC 388D.030 for such a grant. A scholarship organization may charge each family that applies for a grant on behalf of one or more children of the family an administrative fee of not more than $25.

     2.  A scholarship organization shall:

     (a) Establish written procedures that the scholarship organization will use to determine whether a pupil meets the requirements to receive a grant pursuant to NRS 388D.270 and to award grants on behalf of qualified pupils.

     (b) Post the procedures established pursuant to paragraph (a) on an Internet website maintained by the scholarship organization and provide a written copy of the procedures with each application form.

     (c) Provide an application form to be completed by an applicant for a grant. A scholarship organization may only award a grant on behalf of a pupil for whom a complete application is submitted but is not required to award a grant to a pupil solely because his or her application is complete.

     (d) Verify annually that each pupil on behalf of whom the organization awards a grant is a member of a household that has a household income which is not more than 300 percent of the federally designated level signifying poverty. Such verification must:

          (1) Use the most recent federal poverty guidelines published in the Federal Register by the United States Department of Health and Human Services; and

          (2) Calculate household income based on the most recent formulas established by the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture for determining eligibility of pupils for free and reduced-price meals.

     3.  A scholarship organization shall award grants on behalf of pupils in the following order of priority:

     (a) A grant must be awarded for the current school year on behalf of a pupil on whose behalf a grant was awarded for the immediately preceding school year before a grant is awarded on behalf of any other pupil.

     (b) A grant must be awarded on behalf of the sibling of a pupil on whose behalf a grant has been awarded for the current school year before a grant is awarded on behalf of other pupils.

     (c) A grant must be awarded on behalf of a pupil who is not described in paragraph (a) or (b) in the order in which the completed application is received. If there are an insufficient number of grants available to award a grant on behalf of each pupil for whom a complete application was received on the same day:

          (1) A grant must be awarded on behalf of a pupil who is a member of a household that has a lower household income before a grant is awarded on behalf of a pupil who is a member of a household that has a higher household income;

          (2) If two or more applicants are members of households that have the same household income, a grant must be awarded on behalf of the pupil who is enrolled in a public school that has received a lower rating based on the most recent annual report of the statewide system of accountability for public schools before a grant is awarded on behalf of a pupil who is enrolled in a public school that has received higher ratings; and

          (3) If two or more applicants are members of households that have the same household income and attend public schools that received the same rating based on the most recent annual report of the statewide system of accountability for public schools, grants must be awarded on behalf of pupils in this category on a random basis.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.6043)

     NAC 388D.090  Notice to school district that pupil will not attend current school; written statement to and quarterly payments from scholarship organization; transfer of pupil; authorized uses of grant. (NRS 388D.270)

     1.  If the pupil on behalf of whom a grant was awarded was enrolled in a public school in this State for the school year immediately preceding the school year for which the grant is awarded, the parent or guardian of the pupil must inform the school district in which the public school is located or the charter school that the pupil previously attended, as applicable, that the pupil will not attend the school for the current school year.

     2.  A scholarship organization that awards a grant on behalf of a pupil pursuant to NRS 388D.270 shall:

     (a) Obtain and maintain a written statement from the parent or guardian of a pupil on behalf of whom the scholarship organization has awarded a grant that the parent or guardian has provided the notice required pursuant to subsection 1 or is not required to provide such notice; and

     (b) Make payments to the school in which the pupil has enrolled in quarterly installments.

     3.  If a pupil on behalf of whom a grant is awarded transfers during the school year:

     (a) To another registered private school, the parent or guardian of the pupil must notify the scholarship organization and the scholarship organization must make payments to the registered private school that the pupil previously attended and the registered private school to which the pupil transferred on a pro rata basis for the quarter during which the pupil transferred.

     (b) To a public school, the parent or guardian of the pupil must notify the scholarship organization and the scholarship organization:

          (1) Must make payments to the registered private school that the pupil previously attended on a pro rata basis for the quarter during which the pupil transferred; and

          (2) Must not make any further payments on behalf of the pupil unless the parent or guardian of the pupil amends the application to include eligible expenses at the public school.

     4.  A grant provided by a scholarship organization:

     (a) May be used to pay for:

          (1) Tuition and fees to attend a registered private school, the cost of purchasing textbooks and other supplies and the cost of transportation to and from a registered private school;

          (2) If the public school, including, without limitation, a charter school, in which the pupil is enrolled does not provide transportation to the pupil, the cost of transportation to and from the public school; and

          (3) The cost of tuition-based programs offered by a public school, including, without limitation, distance education and dual credit courses.

     (b) May not be awarded on behalf of a homeschooled child or an opt-in child.

     5.  More than one scholarship organization may award a grant on behalf of a pupil. A parent shall ensure that grants awarded on behalf of a pupil do not exceed, in aggregate, the maximum amount authorized pursuant to NRS 388D.270 and a school shall not accept grants on behalf of a pupil that, in aggregate, exceed that maximum amount. The Department will publish the maximum amount on its Internet website.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.6045)

     NAC 388D.100  Registration of school with Department to receive grant on behalf of pupil. (NRS 388D.270)

     1.  To be eligible to receive a grant on behalf of a pupil through the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program, a school must register with the Department on a form prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

     2.  The Department will maintain a directory of each school that registers pursuant to subsection 1 on its Internet website.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.6055)

     NAC 388D.110  Annual administration of norm-referenced test approved by Department. (NRS 388D.270)

     1.  At least once each school year, each registered private school shall administer at least one nationally norm-referenced test that has been approved by the Department pursuant to subsection 2 to each pupil on behalf of whom a grant is provided pursuant to NRS 388D.270. The registered private school must include the results of the test in the record of the academic progress of the pupil that the school is required to maintain pursuant to subsection 5 of NRS 388D.270.

     2.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, the Department will approve a nationally norm-referenced test for administration to pupils on behalf of whom grants are awarded if:

     (a) The test has a reliability coefficient of at least 0.8 measuring the internal consistency of the test;

     (b) The test has high content validity;

     (c) Norming studies have been conducted on the test within the immediately preceding 10 years; and

     (d) The test serves as a measure of pupil achievement in English language arts and mathematics for pupils enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12.

     3.  The Department may approve a test that does not meet the requirements of subsection 2 for administration to pupils on behalf of whom grants are awarded who are enrolled in kindergarten, first grade or second grade.

     4.  The Department will maintain a list of each test that is approved pursuant to subsections 2 and 3.

     5.  As used in this section, “content validity” means the extent to which a test accurately measures the subject area that it purports to measure.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015; A by R027-16, 9-9-2016) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.606)

     NAC 388D.120  Quarterly submission of electronic list of certain information; annual report of aggregate data. (NRS 388D.270)

     1.  By not later than August 15, October 15, January 15 and March 15 of each year, each school that is registered pursuant to NAC 388D.100 shall submit to the Department electronically a list of each pupil on behalf of whom the school received money from a grant for the previous quarter pursuant to NRS 388D.270. The electronic list must include, for each grant:

     (a) Demographic information for each pupil on behalf of whom grant money is received, including the name, date of birth, grade level, gender and race or ethnicity of the pupil and the name and address of the parent or guardian of the pupil;

     (b) The name of each scholarship organization that awarded a grant to the school on behalf of a pupil and the amount of each grant; and

     (c) The manner in which money from each grant has been used, including, without limitation, any portion of such money that has been used to pay for:

          (1) Tuition and fees charged by the school; and

          (2) Transportation to and from the school.

     2.  The Department will collect the records of academic progress that each school that is registered pursuant to NAC 388D.100 is required to maintain pursuant to subsection 5 of NRS 388D.270 and aggregate the information contained in the records. By not later than December 15 of each even-numbered year, the Department will submit a report containing the aggregated information to the Governor, the State Board and the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau. The Department will not report information in a manner that discloses personally identifiable information of a pupil.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.6065)

     NAC 388D.130  Complaint concerning violation of Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program; required information; determination and authorized actions. (NRS 388D.270)

     1.  A person may file a complaint of a violation of state law or regulation concerning the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program with the Superintendent of Public Instruction by mailing the complaint to:

 

Superintendent of Public Instruction 700 East Fifth Street Carson City, Nevada 89701

 

     2.  An initial complaint filed pursuant to subsection 1 must include, without limitation, the name, telephone number and address of the complainant and the description of the alleged violation.

     3.  After a complaint is received, the Department will review the complaint for legal sufficiency and may request additional information from the complainant and any interested party. If, as a result of this review, the Superintendent of Public Instruction determines that:

     (a) No further action is required, he or she may close the complaint.

     (b) The complaint may have merit, the Department may:

          (1) Conduct any further investigation it deems necessary and appropriate;

          (2) Forward the complaint and the results of the review and any investigation to the Attorney General or a law enforcement agency for a criminal investigation;

          (3) Issue a letter of admonition to the person or governmental agency that committed the violation; or

          (4) After providing notice and the opportunity for a hearing to the person or governmental agency accused of the violation:

               (I) Revoke the right of the person or governmental agency to participate in the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program; or

               (II) Find that a grant has been awarded in error and require money to be returned to the Department of Taxation.

     (Added to NAC by Dep’t of Education by R035-15, eff. 10-27-2015) — (Substituted in revision for NAC 385.607)