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2015-17 Governor's Education Budget Highlights


Links to Interactive Budget Web Site

The Education budget priorities can be seen here:
http://openbudget.nv.gov/OpenGov/ViewMBISummary.aep?view=Function

The line-item budget is here:
http://openbudget.nv.gov/OpenGov/ViewBudgetSummary.aep?view=Function

Major Education Budget Initiatives

1. Adjust K-12 Funding - The Distributive School Account includes the 2% roll-ups, PERS rate increases, enrollment growth of 1.25% in fiscal year 2016 and 1.25% in fiscal year 2017, and the extension of sunsets from the 2013 Legislative Session.

2. Adjust Special Education - Funding of $25 million is added in fiscal year 2017 to start the transition toward a weighted formula funding as recommended by the SB500 Task Force.

3. Expand English Language Learner Program - Funding of $25 million per year to expand the current number of Zoom Schools in Clark and Washoe counties to an additional twenty-four schools.

4. Implement Victory Schools Program - $24.8 million in fiscal year 2016 and $25 million in fiscal year 2017 to implement a new Victory Schools Program to provide additional services to underperforming schools in the poorest zip codes.

5. Implement Nevada Ready 21 Technology Plan - The budget includes $24.3 million per fiscal year to implement the Nevada Ready 21 Technology Plan to provide personal, portable devices to every student.

6. Implement Safe and Respectful Schools Office - The focus will be safe and respectful learning environment issues and the administration of a grant to provide a social worker or other licensed mental health worker in schools with identified needs.

7. Jobs for America's Graduates - The budget includes $2.5 million in fiscal year 2016 and $3.6 million in fiscal year 2017 to expand this program to forty-eight schools by the end of fiscal year 2017.

8. Great Teaching and Leading Fund - incentivize professional development and improvements to educator pipeline.

9. Gifted and Talented Programs - The budget includes $10 million over the biennium to assist districts in educating students who qualify for Gifted and Talented programs.

10. Read by Three - The budget includes funding to augment reading proficiency programs in Kindergarten through third grade at schools that are not served by a Zoom or Victory Program reading center.

11. Implement Underperforming Schools Turnaround - The budget includes $5 million per year to implement a program for turning around persistently under-performing schools.

12. Breakfast after the Bell- provides $2 million in Dept. of Agriculture grants to increase the number of eligible students participating in the breakfast program.

13. Expand Full-Day Kindergarten- provides $74.3 million to expand full-day kindergarten to all school districts at a class size ratio of 21:1. Funding includes allocations for Charter Schools and the purchase of portable classrooms.

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