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NSEA: Education Initiative Could Fund NV First Lady's Education Campaign

PHOTO: The Nevada State Education Association said The Education Initiative, a proposed business tax increase, could help pay for Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval's early education goals. Photo courtesy Kathleen Sandoval.
PHOTO: The Nevada State Education Association said The Education Initiative, a proposed business tax increase, could help pay for Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval's early education goals. Photo courtesy Kathleen Sandoval.
April 28, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada State Education Association said "The Education Initiative" on November's general election ballot could help fund Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval's early education goals. The ballot measure would create a 2 percent "business margins tax."

Nevada State Education Association President Ruben Murillo said he fully supports the First Lady's Strong Start Nevada campaign to make early childhood education a top priority in the state. However, he pointed out, good ideas will not go far without funding.

"It's going to cost money to invest in these early childhood programs. You're going to have to have money to invest in facilities to house them, teachers to work in them and also, the materials and the resources needed for our students to be successful. If there isn't a funding mechanism to make it happen, then it's just all talk," Murillo said.

The NSEA is among the groups behind The Education Initiative, which Murillo said would generate about $800 million a year of dedicated funding for public schools. Research from the Annie E. Casey Foundation has shown that early childhood education can be critical to a student's success in school, college and beyond.

Murillo said increasing funding for education is also critical for the Nevada business community, to produce future employees who will be equipped to compete in a global economy.

"It means that an investment in education, beginning in early childhood, is an investment in our students being successful," he explained, "in terms of raising graduation rates and bringing a prepared workforce, ready for whatever challenges they may have."

Sandoval is ambassador for the Strong Start Nevada coalition. This campaign mobilizes parents, educators, advocates, community and business leaders to make quality early childhood education a priority in the state.

Strong Start Nevada information is available at http://strongstartnevada.org.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV