Rick Hess of the conservative American Enterprise Institute explains why Nevada’s recently passed vouchers-for-all is a terrific step forward. He calls it a “landmark” in the struggle for school choice. There are few limits on who can get a voucher worth about $5,000. This is a boon for religious schools and home schoolers.

He writes:

“Nevada’s ESA is a landmark bill due to two striking features: it’s universal and it one-ups school vouchers by offering ESAs (more on why that matters below). Nevada’s ESA is available to all families as an alternative to attending a Nevada public school, so long as the student in question has attended a Nevada public school for at least 100 days. The ESA can be used to fund tuition at approved private schools, textbooks, tutoring services, tuition for distance learning programs, the costs of special instruction for students with special needs, and so on. Students with special needs or whose families earn less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level ($44,863 for a family of four) will receive between $5,500 and $6,000—the full amount of statewide base per-pupil support. Students whose families earn over 185 percent of the poverty level will receive about 90 percent of base support.”

He is puzzled by the lack of enthusiasm from public school teachers.

I am puzzled by his enthusiasm. Surely he doesn’t believe that Nevada will emerge at the top of NAEP in five years, ten years, or ever because of all this sudsidization of nonpublic schools.

What is the point?