Nevada bill updating school funding formula introduced

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — A long-awaited bill that aims to revamp the state’s decades-old school funding formula has been introduced in the Nevada Senate.

The measure was formally introduced Monday during a floor session.

According to School Superintendent Jesus Jara, this new formula will not provide additional funding to education but it will adjust funding giving by giving additional funds to students who need extra support, such as children who are learning English or qualify for free or reduced meals.

Democratic Sen. Mo Denis has said Nevada’s education funding formula has only received tweaks since its creation and was designed when the state’s student population had different needs.

The complex formula made up of local, state and federal revenue streams that pay for Nevada’s k-12 public schools is called the Nevada Plan, and it dates back to 1967, which is more than 50 years.

This is one area where the Clark County Education Association, the local teachers’ union, and the Clark County School District have a lot of common ground. 

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