RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)--Governor Brian Sandoval, Washoe County School Superintendent Pedro Martinez, and State Superintendent Dale Erquiaga visited students and teachers at Anderson and Corbett Elementary Schools.
Anderson and Corbett are two of the six schools that have been designated "zoom" schools by the district. These schools received nearly four million dollars to help students who are still learning English.
"We're seeing first hand the difference that is being made with the additional funding for English language learners, it's a critical population for improving student achievement," says Erquiaga.
This was Erquiaga's first time in a Washoe County school since being appointed, he says it was nice to see first-hand how the money is being used.
We saw pre-kindergarten children who knew almost no English and then we were to the third grade classroom, and they are doing fine, they were winning a pizza party because they were performing at grade level," says Erquiaga.
Getting more funding for education was a top priority for Governor Sandoval this legislative session. He says seeing the numbers on paper is far different than asking a teacher how the extra funding is helping in the classroom.
"I was talking to Mrs Schneider who teaches a kindergarten class and she said, it really made me feel good, she said my class is smaller now, it is so much more manageable for me, and I can do so many more things that I couldn't do before," says Governor Brian Sandoval.
Kindergarten classrooms at Anderson last year had more than 30 children, but with the new funding,that class size has been capped at 24.
"Our teachers are already seeing a huge difference, and we're only in the 12th day of school," says Pedro Martinez.
Martinez hopes eventually all schools in the district can have the resources like these six to help children learn English at a young age.