On October 1, 2016, the State Superintendent issued recommendations, pursuant SB 508, related to modernizing the Nevada Plan and transitioning to weighted funding for special education, English Language Learners, GATE, and at-risk students. However, the recommendations fell short of the K-12 Task Force on Public Education Funding’s recommendations.
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A 2015 update to the 2006 APA report studying the adequacy of Nevada’s education funding system, determining what resources are necessary for students to succeed.
A 2006 study commissioned by the Legislature, conducted by APA to determine the amount of funding needed for Nevada children to succeed and how to update the Nevada Plan in a way that encouraged equity and adequacy in funding.
A 2012 American Institute of Research study commissioned by the Legislature to determine the best way to reform Nevada’s antiquated funding system.
A 2015 Fact Sheet released by the Guinn Center describing Nevada’s public education finance systems and areas for improvement.
The 2016 edition by the Education Law Center and Rutgers report that evaluates whether state finance system across the nation provide for equality of educational opportunity, giving Nevada an “F” score in both funding distribution and effort.
Many low-income schools are forced to budget and pay for teachers based on “average” teacher salaries, but actually tend to have more novice, less experienced teachers. The discrepancies found in comparing actual teacher salaries in Title I versus non-Title one schools are stark, especially in the schools are highlighted in this document. .