Nevada recently passed a bill for “education savings accounts,” which parents can use for vouchers or home schooling.

The original bill said that vouchers were available only to students who had attended public school previously for at least 100 days, but parents with children in private schools say that is unfair. They want their tuition at religious and private schools paid by the state.

The ESA will also be available for those who decide to teach their kids at home. They will be called “opt in,” because they opting into home schooling. For some reason, they will be viewed as different from “traditional home schoolers under state law.” Whatever the reason, Nevada is not doing anything to raise the level of education but is diverting public funds for those who choose not to go to school at all. This will not turn out well.

More than 1,200 families have applied for ESAs, and school choice supporters are hoping that new private schools start opening up in the state. Otherwise, reports the Las Vegas Sun Times, Nevada may not have enough private schools to support a wave of new students, especially in inner cities and rural areas. More from the Sun Times:

“Nobody knows exactly how many seats are currently available, mostly because the state education department doesn’t keep those statistics. An informal survey by the Treasurer’s Office and the Friedman Foundation estimated there were around 6,000 empty seats statewide.

… Six thousand seats should be more than enough, but it could all come down to how many families end up applying for the program. A thousand applications have been submitted in the last week and a half, and the enrollment period lasts through November.”

However, the Treasurer’s Office believes a sizable chunk of ESA applicants will opt instead to home school—a group the department is calling ‘opt ins’ (and will be considered separate from traditional home schoolers under state law). That could ease the pressure on private schools.

“I think we’re going to get more than 6,000 people who are interested in education savings accounts this year,” says Grant Hewitt at the Treasurers’ Office. “But they will be a mixture of private school and opt-in students.”