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SB439: Not the Fix Nevada's Educators or Students Need

SB439 is not the fix our educators and kids need. Please send the Legislature an email and ask them to Fix 543. #ListenToEducators

Two years ago, SB543 was developed behind closed doors, wasn’t introduced until the 99th day of the session, and had but a single public hearing with the bill passing minutes before Sine Die. Today, on the 99th day of this Session, SB439 was introduced with less fanfare, but it was also developed behind closed doors without even a preview of its content. Tomorrow (5/11), only 1 day after its introduction, Senate Bill 439 will be heard in Senate Finance and we need your help!

The new funding plan will fail because it was never built to succeed.

 Ever since the introduction of SB543 two years ago, NSEA has expressed policy concerns at every opportunity—the lack of educator voice; no new revenue; watering down Zoom and Victory schools; freezing and squeezing school district budgets; a giveaway to charter schools; and undoing the rules of collective bargaining. SB439 fails to address a single issue raised by educators, showing its backers to be unserious about delivering a funding plan to benefit all Nevada students.

Nevada ranks 48th among states in education funding, yet the new funding plan includes no new funding. 

While the Funding Commission has recommended a 10-year plan for Nevada to increase education funding by $2B per year, SB439 completely ignores these recommendations. Meanwhile, SB439 further moves Nevada backward by proposing to strike language in the NRS that references merit salary increases and cost of living adjustments.

If the Legislature is intent on moving forward with the implementation of the new funding formula, NSEA recommends making three changes to ensure the new plan does significantly less harm to Nevada’s students and educators.

  1. First, grandfather existing Zoom and Victory Schools, located in Nevada’s poorest communities, serving the highest percentage of at-risk students, and proven models of education equity.
  2. Second, hold districts truly harmless by using the greater of 2020 total budget or per-pupil amount by district, adjusted by the inflationary costs of doing business.
  3. Finally, remove anti-union language that increases the district ending fund balance walled off from collective bargaining up to 16.6% of annual operating costs, to preserve the collective bargaining process.

Send a letter to the Legislature and ask them to listen to educators. Any trailing legislation that does not bring new revenue or address these serious policy concerns is doomed to fail Nevada's educators and students.

SB439 will be heard tomorrow (May 11, 2021) upon the adjournment of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senate Government Affairs, and Senate Growth and Infrastructure (likely around 5:30p, but please check NSEA's social media for an exact start time). You can watch and/or call in to provide testimony via telephone by clicking here.

Send a Letter: Oppose Senate Bill 439


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NSEA has been the voice of educators for over 120 years. We represent teachers, education support professionals, and other licensed professionals throughout the state of Nevada.