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September 22, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Offer alternative for funding schools

We have heard and seen lots of discussion about the Education Initiative. As shown in the Sunday editorial “You want a better Nevada? It starts with our schools,” Nevada ranks near the bottom of every education category.

In fact, Nevada schools violate the state law on class sizes. In K-2, there are supposed to be 16 students per teacher, but and the actual ratio in Clark County School District is 26 to 1. It is the same story in grades four and five. State law mandates a class size of 25 to 1, but the CCSD average is 34 to 1.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has publicly and repeatedly said that he thinks the Education Initiative is a bad idea and should be defeated. However, he has yet to offer an alternative to fund education. In this case, I believe he thinks that just saying “No” is enough. Well, Governor, it is not enough. You were elected to provide leadership for this state. Please show that leadership now and offer an alternative to increase funding for education.

The business community also is in the “Just Say No Club.” Jim Murren, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, said on “Ralston Reports” that he was in favor of increased funding for education and that he would go to Carson City to lobby for it. In the next breath, he said the Education Initiative was not the way to do that. We are still waiting to hear his alternative. I guess just saying “No” is enough.

Gentlemen, just saying “No” will not change anything. You need to tell the citizens and the children of Nevada what your plan is to increase funding for education. The citizens of Nevada deserve better, and more important, the children of Nevada, who represent the future of the state, deserve much better answer than just saying “No.”

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