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New Teacher Incentive Bill Ramps Up Funding to $25 Million

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A proposal to offer $5,000 bonuses to combat Nevada's teacher shortage is getting an even bigger boost.

Republican Sen. Ben Kieckhefer said a budget bill unveiled this weekend calls for an extra $10 million to give bonuses to new teachers. That's beyond the $10 million in incentives and $5 million in teacher training scholarships included in a separate bill, SB511.

Tax plans and a budget still need final approval for the effort to become reality.

Gov. Brian Sandoval's administration is leading the late-session charge to attract new teachers to Nevada. It comes as officials fear that the teacher shortage could sabotage his major education initiatives for English language learners and students in poverty.

Clark County School District alone is trying to hire about 2,600 new teachers for next school year. 
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