Sunday, March 20, 2011 | 8:43 p.m.
Hundreds of students were boarding buses late Sunday for an overnight trip to Carson City, where they will join hundreds more for demonstrations Monday against proposed budget cuts to education.
Most were college students, although some were younger students, as well.
Gov. Brian Sandoval, the first term Republican, has proposed a 17 percent cut to higher education, which could lead to significant tuition increases, as well as program cuts.
Sandoval has refused to consider any tax increases because he says doing so would harm the fragile economic recovery and prevent job creation.
The Nevada Student Alliance organized the event, which is said to be the first time students from every institution in the Nevada Department of Higher Education have gathered in a single demonstration.
Buses were picking up students at campuses all over Southern Nevada on Sunday evening before gathering at the College of Southern Nevada's Charleston campus for a barbecue and heading north to the state capital.
On Monday, students will hold a rally, meet with legislators and give testimony before committees.
In a Sunday press release, the student alliance said the Legislature needs to consider a tax increase to stave off steep cuts to education.