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More funding desired for gov's dropout prevention program

Reported by: Amber Dixon
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Updated: 1/31/2013 8:31 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Gov. Brian Sandoval celebrated a high school dropout prevention program he helped launch in Nevada at Desert Pines High School on Wednesday night.

The Jobs for America's Graduates program gets students on the right path for either college or a good career.

Of the $135 million the governor is proposing to spend on education, he set aside $1.5 million for the jag program.

But the Nevada State Education Association says that's not enough because not every school will benefit.

“We are stuck treading basically treading water,” said executive director Gary Peck, “because he is not proposing enough money to adequately fund the JAG program or any of the other programs he has identified as ones worth investing in.”

“There's always going to be differences,” Sandoval said. “We're really proud of the fact that we increased funding by $135 million in the state budget. We're focusing on both ends of the spectrum both K through 12 and high school.”

The Nevada State Education Association wants a tax on businesses to help fund Nevada schools, but the governor has insisted he will not stand for any new taxes.
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