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Press Release: Keep Public Money in Public Schools

On August 4, 2023, Governor Lombardo held a press conference announcing his intent to direct $3.2 million in COVID-19 relief funds to vouchers for unaccountable private schools.
Published: August 3, 2023

"When Congress passed these pandemic relief packages, they never contemplated using these federal funds for voucher programs,” said Dawn Etcheverry, President of the Nevada State Education Association.

“These federal funds should not be used to fund vouchers to attend unaccountable private schools. These funds should be used in our public schools for things like staffing, school safety, extending learning opportunities and support programs, and strategies to meet the social, emotional, and mental health needs of our students.”

This latest effort is another example of the misguided Nevada priorities under this administration. The Governor not only supports public money going to stadiums, he also supports public money going to unaccountable private schools. That’s not the best use of our public money. Our public schools and students still have various needs that are unmet, and any unallocated money we have should be used to meet those needs. For example, while the Governor vetoed the bill last Regular Session, NSEA believes a better use for any unallocated federal money would be universal school lunches for our kids. 

NSEA urges the Interim Finance Committee to reject the Governor’s request. We must keep public money, state and federal, in public schools.

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