Sandoval adds millions to education

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Updated: 5/13/2013 4:20 pm
Democratic Senator Mo Denis releases statement regarding Sandoval's funds added to education:

"Our classroom sizes are the highest in the country, our ELL funding is the lowest per pupil, and yet only our proposal addresses those needs immediately. While we welcome the additional funding the Governor has proposed, it still short changes our children, so we encourage him to come to the table to provide a fair revenue stream that immediately reduces class sizes and properly funds ELL. We have heard throughout the session from our Republican colleagues that our schools are woefully underfunded, and yet, they have offered no solution to immediately alleviate historically large class sizes and a growing and underfunded ELL population. In fact, part of their solution is to cut taxes on big corporations rather than use that sorely needed funding for our schools. "

(News 4 Reporter Samantha Boatman)
(News 4 Reporter Samantha Boatman)
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & -- Governor Brian Sandoval today announced that as a result of the Economic Forum projections, he is proposing to increase funding for English language learners and class size reduction in kindergarten.

Sandoval has now proposed $50 million in total funding to English language learners (ELL). This proposal also provides $39.5 million for class size reduction in kindergarten which will reduce all-day kindergarten class sizes from a current average of 26 students per class to an average of 21 students per class.

The additional funds dedicated in the Governor’s budget for all-day kindergarten, English language learners, class size reduction, Jobs for America’s Graduates, Millennium Scholarship, and Teach for America now totals more than $120 million. Over the last biennium, the total spending on education has increased $483.9 million.

Under Governor Sandoval’s Education Budget:

- 199 schools throughout the state will have an all-day K option with reduced class size.

- Per pupil spending is up from $7,539 in FY 13 to $7,916 in FY 15.

- $374.5 million is dedicated to class size reduction in kindergarten thru 3.

Sandoval released this statement regarding the addition of money to education: 

“In my State of the State, I committed to taking the steps necessary to get every Nevada child to read at grade level by third grade. As more resources have become available, I have continued to invest in our children’s education,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “We must provide our children with the skills they need to compete in the twenty-first century. This approach should be one that is comprehensive and includes school choice, funds English language learner programs, and reduces class sizes for kindergarten. However, we must also be mindful that while Nevada’s economy is growing, we must avoid actions that will slow our recovery. Tax increases will only hurt job growth. I have no doubt we can fund our state’s priorities without increasing taxes. I look forward to working with legislative leadership to accomplish these goals and end this session on time.”

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