Money panels close major K-12 budgets

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Updated: 5/17/2013 4:42 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Legislative money panels have approved Gov. Brian Sandoval's budget proposal for K-12 education, establishing $2.8 billion in general fund support for the upcoming two years.

The actions Friday by the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees largely follow what the first-term Republican recommended in his $6.5 billion spending proposal.

The plan sets per-pupil support at around $5,600, an increase of about $200 over existing funding levels.

All-day kindergarten will be expanded to 75 more schools, for a total of 201, with an addition of $80 million over the biennium.

Additionally, the budget earmarks about $50 million for English language learner programs.

Committee approval on the major budget items will be drafted into a bill. Lawmakers are pressing toward a June 3 adjournment.


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jelliescat - 5/17/2013 12:30 PM
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All day Kindergarten should be for all Nevada's school regardless of economic background of the kids attending. Nevada's children should get the exact same amout of school hours. So the rich kids only get 3 hours of Kindergarten a day and the poor kids get 6. And we wonder why Nevada's schools and children are failing. The Government is so focused on the free hand outs that the middle class gets left behind to fail and foot the bill for everyone.

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