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A clear line drawn between north and south Nevada schools

Reported by: Reed Cowan
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Updated: 11/12/2013 10:25 pm
Currently 85 percent of the state’s tax revenue comes from the south. So why do our kids here get so much less than kids in northern districts? News 3's Reed Cowan continues his SPECIAL REPORT: The Civil War of the Silver State. Today he takes a look a education.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- So many people outside of Nevada look at the wealth generated right here in Clark County and they shake their heads that our school district has so many money-based problems.

School is in session and the day for “Johnnie and Suzy” in Clark County could be a lot better if they had the same education dollars as “Jack and Sandy” up north, says interim CCSD CFO Jim McIntosh.

The state of Nevada’s own numbers showing a staggering disparity between the north and south for education dollars.

A range with Esmeralda School District winning at the top with $38,284 per pupil.

Clark County is at the very bottom getting only $8,392 per pupil per year.

Clark County is below the state average and the lowest in the state.

“I think everyone leaves shaking their heads after the legislative session sometimes,” McIntosh said.

Legislators divvy up your money by the dictates of something called “The Nevada Plan for School Finance.”

The Nevada Plan was made decades ago and yet, it’s guiding where the money goes today. The 12-page plan, some say, is flawed.

Clark County’s needs say educators boil down to who our students are, compared to who students up north are.

In the south students speak 145 different languages and thousands of them live below the poverty line and come from families who are just getting started in the United States.

The Nevada Plan does nothing by way of funding for those students.

This translates to dismal dropout rates and an even darker forecast for graduation.

Clark county educators, plead with the legislature to create a weighted per pupil funding formula build into a New Nevada Plan.
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