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Teachers to Host Town Hall with Legislators
Published on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 (9 a.m.)Reducing class size in our severely overcrowded classrooms the focus for teachers, parents & community members
***Saturday, April 27, 2013***
State Senators Mo Denis and Michael Roberson, along with fourteen southern Nevada legislators and a representative from Governor Sandoval’s office, will be joining Clark County teaching professionals, parents, and community members on Saturday, April 27, 2013 to hear their concerns about the education students are receiving in our severely overcrowded classrooms. It is critical legislators fully understand the impact an out of control student-to-teacher ratio has on students and teachers alike.
Putting an end to overcrowded classrooms in our schools is absolutely necessary if we are to increase student achievement and success for our students. Class size reduction is the most effective education reform we can enact. This is why CCEA and CCSD have developed a 4-year plan to reduce class size in K-12 grades. We have laid out a plan that is concrete, smart, and achievable and puts teachers, parents, and administrators on the same side – working to provide students with the best learning opportunities so they may thrive and achieve academic success.
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, parents, and concerned community members are speaking up for the need to create stable, adequate funding for our schools so that we can put an end to overcrowded classrooms.
Who: Clark County Teachers, Parents and Community Members
When: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Western High School - Theatre
4600 W. Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, NV 89107