While lawmakers significantly altered the education landscape in the state, they did not add as much money for public schools as some education advocates had sought.
Rural districts would be frozen at fiscal 2020 funding levels until the amount they receive under the new funding formula matches what they’re currently getting.
Several thousand teachers and supporters rallied in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, calling for action from legislators and expressing frustration and anger at the state’s inability to properly fund education — or even talk about it.
It’s been nine weeks since the start of the 2019 legislative session and we’ve heard many bright ideas for improving public education. But we haven’t addressed the elephant in the room — money.
For the first time in years, many parents, teachers and administrators in the Clark County School District are preparing to make a unified push for adequate education funding during the 2019 legislative session.
Last week, advocates held a live Q&A with the Clark County School District budget chief and challenged legislators at a public meeting to step up to the plate. Other behind-the-scenes organizing efforts also are quietly building momentum.
Students who attend a state college will pay 4 percent more in student fees in 2019 and 2020 with Friday’s close vote of the state Board of Regents.
As the state’s population grows more diverse, more funding is going to help students from low-income families and English language learners. But education advocates say that doesn’t lift kids who aren’t in those challenged groups.
More than 50 speakers commented Tuesday about the proposed regulation outlining how school districts should treat gender diverse students, with many saying it would go against their Christian values.
Nevada has poured millions of dollars into public education in recent years. Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.5 billion tax package in 2015 was intended to boost Nevada’s standing and demonstrate its investment in public schools.