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Session Leaves Nevada at “Status Quo” in Attracting Teachers

June 4, 2009

Cason City, NV – Nevada has had a rough time attracting teachers in recent years, and education advocates say, when the legislative session began, the state was headed in the wrong direction in that department. Gov. Gibbons faced a $2-billion deficit and he saw the education budget as one place to make major cuts.

But, Lynn Warne, president of the Nevada State Education Association (NSEA), the union representing 29,000 of Nevada's teachers and education support professionals, says the budget plan ignored the difficulties Nevada schools are having in recruiting good teachers. Gibbon’s proposed budget would have slammed Nevada into reverse gear, she says.

"He had gotten rid of incentives for educators to stay in the profession, or even to come to the profession. So, the educators were able to see the flaw in that budget and put money back through the Senate bill as well as the room tax, to help restore some of these cuts."

Gov. Gibbons says lawmakers rushed through bills in the final hours that have had little public input and he was critical of the revenue-raising measures approved during the session.

Reno Assemblywoman Debbie Smith says lawmakers did the best they could with a bad situation. She believes Gibbons' cuts went way too far, and that lawmakers were able to prevent the Silver State from dropping any lower, compared to other states in education spending.

"Because of the economy, and because other states were in a similar situation where they were cutting budgets, in the end we’ll probably remain about the same—47th or 48th. However we end up, it’s dreadful."

Next month, Nevada hotels will begin to collect the additional room tax to support education.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV