PRESS RELEASE: Senate Republicans Announce Plan to Enhance School Funding by Quarter of a Billion Dollars
Senate Republicans today announced their plan to enhance education funding for the next two years. After decisions of the Legislature’s money committees over the last 110 days, Nevada legislators have nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in general funds that can be directed into classrooms and invested in students, all while allowing the slated reduction in taxes to roughly 22,000 Nevada businesses.
Senate Republicans recommend the following allocations to enhance Nevada’s K-12 education system:
School Safety: Nevadans were shocked earlier this month when the Democrats voted on party lines to cut $30 million from Governor Sisolak’s proposed investment in protecting our children. We support restoring this funding and fulfilling our pledge to keep our children safe in school.
Teacher Raises: We support adding $107 million to the Distribute School Account to help fulfil Governor Sisolak’s pledge of a teacher pay raise. This increase is consistent with the analysis of the non-partisan Guinn Center for Policy Priorities regarding the money needed to fully fund the raises. While the Governor maintains he covered these costs in his budget, it’s clear to the Senate Republicans that additional money is needed to fulfill his promise. We believe this additional funding will ensure teachers get the raise they deserve.
Class Size Reduction: Senate Republicans support reducing class sizes in the upper grades to make an immediate improvement for children and alleviate the crushing workload facing our teachers. We propose a line-item increase to class size reduction of $100 million to help school districts strategically cut class sizes. This funding would put roughly 865 additional teachers in the classroom next year, and sustain them over the biennium, directly and immediately impacting students.
Opportunity Scholarships: Senate Republicans continue to support Nevada’s low income families who seek a school that better fits their child’s needs. Additional funding, including the remaining amounts already identified, should be directed to the Opportunity Scholarship program to ensure no children are forced back into an underperforming school due to a lack of resources dedicated to this program.
Senate Republicans are calling to put Nevada’s children first.