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Education Changes Proposed in Legislature

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The 77th Nevada Legislature opened Monday, with education funding at the top of the priority list.

The education system statewide has seen across-the-board cuts for several years, but this session, things could be changing. Governor Brian Sandoval made a point of saying in his State of the State address that he plans to invest in education this biennium.

If the legislature passes his proposed budget, that would mean more than $100 million added to the education system.

The governor pledges $10 million per year to expand all-day Kindergarten so that Nevada's students can all read by third grade.

It also includes $14 million over two years to increase programs for English Language Learners, $1 million per year to expand the Teach for America program, and $750,000 a year for the Jobs for America's Graduates program.

In higher education, Governor Sandoval said he plans to extend the Millennium Scholarship through 2017.

The governor also asks for a one-time, $2 million augmentation for Western Nevada College and Great Basin College to offset cuts from the new funding formula. He also adds $1 million over two years for the Nevada Cooperative Extension.

There are also several bills that have already been pre-filed for legislative consideration.

AB 46 would increases sales and property taxes to fund capital improvements in the schools. Others run the gamut from regulating early childhood education programs to charter schools.

To take a closer look at the bills or the budget, click here.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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