Time For 20 Invest in Educators
With an unprecedented shortage of educators to teach our kids and make our schools run, Time For 20 means a 20% increase in educator pay and at least $20/hour for the workers who make our schools run. With some of the largest class sizes in the country, Time for 20 means reaching an average class size of 20 students.
Time For 20 means addressing our education crisis in Nevada by investing in our educators. We cannot expect Massachusetts results while spending Mississippi money.
THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORTS PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE PAID 23.5% LESS THAN SIMILAR COLLEGE-EDUCATED WORKERS IN OTHER OCCUPATIONS.
ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION’S RANKING OF THE STATES, NEVADA PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS MAKE NEARLY $7500 BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE (AND $27,000 LESS THAN TEACHERS IN NEIGHBORING CALIFORNIA).
NEVADA RANKS NEAR THE BOTTOM OF STATES IN PER-PUPIL FUNDING WHILE HAVING SOME OF THE LARGEST CLASS SIZES
ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION’S RANKING OF THE STATES, THE NUMBER OF NEVADA TEACHERS DECREASED BY 6% FROM 2011-12 TO 2020-21 WHILE THEIR INFLATION-ADJUSTED PAY DECREASED BY OVER 7%.
WHILE THE EDUCATOR SHORTAGE IS NATIONWIDE, IT IS ESPECIALLY BAD IN NEVADA. THE CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT WEBSITE POSTED 1808 VACANT POSITIONS AS OF 2/11/22, INCLUDING 1216 CERTIFIED AND 592 CLASSIFIED POSITIONS.ON 2/11/22, THE WASHOE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT WEBSITE POSTED 494 VACANT POSITIONS, INCLUDING 184 CERTIFIED AND 310 CLASSIFIED POSITIONS. AS OF 2023, THE STATEWIDE TOTAL IS APPROXIMATELY 2500.
ACCORDING TO DATA INSIGHT PARTNERS, FROM AUGUST THROUGH JANUARY OF THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN 67% MORE LICENSED STAFF SEPARATIONS THAN A TYPICAL YEAR OVER THE SAME TIME PERIOD, INCLUDING 300 MORE THAN LAST SCHOOL YEAR.
MEANWHILE, A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER SHORTAGE HAS LEFT COUNTLESS CLASSROOMS WITHOUT ANY TEACHERS AT ALL, FORCING REMAINING STAFF TO COVER ADDITIONAL CLASSES.
THOUSANDS OF EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE STATE EARN SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW A LIVING WAGE, WITH STARTING SALARIES AS LOW AS $10-$11 PER HOUR.
A CHRONIC BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE AT THE CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT CAUSED SERIOUS DELAYS THIS SCHOOL YEAR, STRANDING STUDENTS FOR HOURS. CCSD HAS ANNOUNCED NEW SCHOOL SCHEDULES FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR TO HELP AMELIORATE THE CRISIS.
THE LATEST INFLATION DATA SHOWS PRICES ARE CLIMBING AT THE FASTEST PACE IN 40 YEARS, WITH CPI NOW AT 7.5%. HOME AND RENT PRICES HAVE SKYROCKETED ACROSS NEVADA, WITH AVERAGE RENTS UP OVER 20% OVER THE LAST YEAR.
WHILE AN EDUCATOR SHORTAGE HAS IMPACTED THE WHOLE COUNTRY, NEVADA HAS BEEN HIT ESPECIALLY HARD.
THERE ARE EFFORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO RAISE EDUCATOR PAY. IN NEW MEXICO, SB1 WHICH UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE STATE SENATE, WOULD INCREASE PAY BY AN AVERAGE OF 20%.
The good news is that resources are available right now! Late in 2022, we learned the state has over $1B in surplus revenue this year, and in November of 2022, the Economic Forum estimates the budget for next biennium will be $2.3B greater than this biennium. Much of this surplus should be directed to the Education Fund. There are also strong recommendations for additional state revenue from the Commission on School Funding, including closing property tax loopholes and expanding the base on the sales tax. These revenue sources have the capacity to adequately fund education in Nevada. Now it’s up to the Governor and Legislature.
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It's a rainy day in Nevada! Let's fund #TimeFor20 to respect and retain our educators. We don't need $3B in rainy day reserves. We need those funds in our classrooms for our kids! #NVLeg
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We implore you to redirect monies from rainy day reserves to fund Time for 20—a 20% raise for every Nevada educators, starting pay of $20/hour, and average class sizes of 20 students. It’s a rainy day for Nevada schools. #Timefor20
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I support implementing the recommendations made by the Commission on School Funding. The amount recommended will support the needs of #TimeFor20 which calls for a 20% salary increase, $20/hour for the workers who make our schools run, and average class sizes of 20 students.
We need bold action and #TimeFor20 is that action! It's time for a 20% salary increase for educators. It's time for at least $20/hour for the workers who make our schools run. It's time for average class sizes of 20 students. @JosephMLombardo @Nicole4Nevada @SteveYeagerNV
In a report released last month, bit.ly/3G6Neef, the Funding Commission updated a previous study on optimal funding. Over the next 10 years, they recommend an additional $3,384,563,122/year by 2033! That’s why we’re saying it’s #TimeFor20
We talk a lot about Nevada’s record educator shortage, but what we really have is a shortage of those willing to work for 23.5% less than their college-educated counterparts. It's #TimeFor20 @JosephMLombardo, @Nicole4Nevada, and @SteveYeagerNV
While the Governor’s proposed budget would increase education funding, when compared against optimal funding or even the national average, Nevada still falls short. $3700-$4700 per-pupil short. #NowWhat #NVLeg
The Funding Commission was asked to recommend increases to K12 over 10 years. Governor Lombardo's budget proposal impacts these recommendations. Instead of $3.4B, Nevada will need an additional $2.6B/year by FY33. Some progress, but a ways to go! #NVLeg #NowWhat