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  • Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Oct 29, 2015
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Applicants for school choice by household median income and zip code

When a reporter's public records request resulted in a dataset of the number of applications by zip code, it opened up avenues for analysis. The American Community Survey provides household median income in Nevada with defined quintiles, so if the state's household incomes were divided into fifths, these would be the defined ranges for each. What we found was that low-income families in the bottom fifth were the least likely to apply for a school voucher, and the most likely households were in the upper fifth, busting an argument by pro-school voucher advocates that the program would financially assist children with limited resources in accessing private school education.