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Trustees, Parents Question Education Funding Plans

LAS VEGAS -- As Clark County's school year begins, the debate over how to pay for the next year continues. Both men running for Governor defended their plans for education in Sunday night's 8 News NOW Impact Nevada debate. However, they didn't get into specifics on how they'll pay for the reform.

Some of CCSD's school trustees and parents told 8 News NOW that they agree with elements of both Brian Sandoval and Rory Reid's plans, but still wonder how it's going to be funded.

"I am a Democrat and I'm talking about teachers losing their jobs if they don't do them well. I say that because that's the way it should be. And my plan is full of reforms that have rubbed everybody in the education community a little bit the wrong way. And I'm proud of that," Reid said during the debate.

"It would provide a chunk of money to those school districts, to those principals, so that they can decide how best to deliver education in their schools. A school in North Las Vegas has different needs than one in Henderson, than one in Sparks, then one in Tonopah and one in Elko," Sandoval said.

CCSD Trustee President Terri Janison has a simple question after hearing the debate. "Great ideas. We are already doing a lot of them. How are you going to pay for it?" 

Read Brian Sandoval's Education Plan

Read Rory Reid's Education Plan

"What we didn't hear is how things will be implemented. It's fine to have an idea about giving all the control to the principal. You can't give all the control to the principal. You have state regulations, you have things that have to happen," said Carolyn Edwards, trustee.

Approximately 18,000 people watched the debate as Reid and Sandoval traded verbal barbs. Some parents 8 News NOW talked with say they didn't watch but still feel their children's future isn't truly being addressed. Parent Andy Leyva says he hasn't heard enough yet.

With a state budget deficit projected at $3 billion, parents beginning the school year face an additional anxiety.

"This year is my daughter's first year in school. I'm scared," said Brandi Vargas, Roundy Elementary School parent.

Parents worry that no matter who becomes Governor, state spending on education will be slashed, leaving their children's needs unfulfilled.

"Instead of having every class crowded, to actually have more teachers," said Vargas.

"That's going to be their tough job. You want all this done, how are you going to fund it?" Janison questions.



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