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Put an End to Overcrowded Classrooms
Published on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 (8:14 a.m.)Put an End to Overcrowded Classrooms
Teaching professionals to rally and testify before joint committee hearing on the need to adequately fund Nevada schools to reduce class sizes
***Saturday, March 23, 2013***
On Saturday, March 23, 2013, as schools across Clark County have closed for spring break, teachers will call for the need to put an end to overcrowded classrooms. Teachers will hold a rally and proceed to the legislative meeting chambers to testify before the joint committee, where they will join the discussion to adequately address school funding. They will paint a very clear picture about the devastating impact overcrowded classrooms have on our students’ education.
Over the last five years, school district’s budgets have been cut by over $800 million. That underfunding has landed Nevada 49th in the nation in education investment. Unfortunately, a low ranking hasn’t been the only price. This underfunding has created a new reality in our schools— one where Clark County’s school rank among the most severely overcrowded classrooms in the nation, one where programs are either cut or eliminated, and one where resources necessary to ensure student success are non-existent.
Teachers are speaking up for the need to create stable, adequate funding for our schools so that we can put an end to overcrowded classrooms. They will not let legislators claim that teachers didn’t make them aware of the realities in today’s classrooms. Teachers will be heard.
Who: Clark County Teachers
When: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Joint Meeting of the Senate Committee on Finance and Assembly Committee on Ways & Means
Grant Sawyer Building
555 E. Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101
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