Nevada schools deserve at least the national average in per pupil funding. Only a demand by the people of our state will move lawmakers to act.
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Nevada's students get 30% less educational funding than the national average and rank 48th in per pupil funding. Nevada schools deserve at least the national average in per pupil funding.
The newly created Nevada Commission on School Funding agrees that the national average is a reliable target to achieve appropriate class sizes, offer students the critical resources they need to succeed, and ensure new K-12 revenue actually increases funding.
We must push lawmakers to move towards a fair per-pupil funding goal. It should not feel unattainable to free Nevada K-12 education from its recurring last-place ranking.
Despite claims of “increased funding” for Nevada's public schools, as new revenue was dedicated to schools, other sources of K-12 funding were reduced. The zero-sum game means that despite promising claims by lawmakers, the actual per-pupil funding for schools remained flat. A newly implemented formula has solved for that but funding remains too low for the new formula to be successful.
Nevada has a growing need for a highly educated workforce.
Without the skills needed for the Fourth Industrial Revolution jobs– science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), our kids will be left behind. Most of the companies moving to our region require STEAM skills for the most in-demand and high-paid positions.
When investing in education, we also invest in the local economy. Nevada’s lack of funding resulting in chronically-low public education rankings have already discouraged new companies from investing in our state–putting our kids at a competitive disadvantage.
Our kids and our state deserve better.
"A commitment to education is a commitment to our long-term economic success. Without the skills needed for the Fourth Industrial Revolution jobs, science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) or other career-ready skills like the trades, our kids likely will be left behind." -Mike K.