Lawmakers call for restoration of cut in K-12 funding to governor’s budget
Senator Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno opposed the $ 78 million reduction in class size reduction funding. He said classes already had more than 40 students in high schools and the state did not need to do so from grades one to three.
Joined by Senator Heidi Gansert, R-Reno and assemblyman Tom Roberts, R-Las Vegas, he also said he would struggle to support the more than $ 16 million cut from the Read By Three program which aims to have all primary school students. able to read from the third year.
Gansert said she believes Read by Three is an essential program and that it would top her list for an infusion of the increase in General Fund revenue authorized by the Economic Forum.
Gansert and Roberts also supported the higher grade point average per student for gifted and talented programs and convinced a majority of the Senate Assembly Joint Finance and Means Meeting to add the $ 5.2 million for pay it.
But the subcommittee has clung to the “harmless maintenance” mechanism to protect county school districts that would otherwise lose revenue under the new student-focused school funding system that will replace the old Nevada plan. 50 years.
According to staff, five counties – Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Storey and Washoe – would lose money without speaking harmless language to protect them.
They asked staff to give real numbers on the projected impact of a harmless and harmless grip so they could actually see what would happen.
Staff will need to pull these numbers together quickly as the full joint committee is scheduled to resolve these issues and finalize the K-12 budget on Friday morning.