Parents seek education funds
Douglas County School District needs more state funding.
The district and Douglas County Professional Educators Association are conducting a rally on the steps of the Senate/Assembly building in Carson City March 28 at 3:15 p.m. The theme of the rally is “Our Children Can’t Wait!”
“Our message to the legislatures is simple,” Douglas County School District Board of Trustees President Cheri Johnson said in a written statement. “Our children can’t wait two years to receive adequate funding to meet their educational needs. Not only does (Governor Kenny Guinn’s) budget contain no salary increase for teachers and staff for the upcoming biennium, there are major issues with monetary support for raising standards. We cannot continue asking more and more and not compensating our professionals for their efforts. Legislators need to understand that accountability and high standards require financial support.”
Lack of funding is fueling a teacher shortage in Nevada, according to DCPEA President Marty Cronin, who stressed the importance of banding together as a community and school district to put pressure on the state to increase educational funding.
Lake board representative George Echan agreed, recognizing a group effort as the only way to make the necessary change.
“Unlike most lobbying efforts by the district, the point of this rally is to involve parents because parents equal power with legislation,” Echan said. “That power is in the form of their voting abilities. If we’re going to resolve these problems, it’s only going to happen with a broad-based involvement of parents, friends and the extended families of our students.”
Teachers and parents are making efforts to ensure the message gets to the capitol loud and clear.
“I went to a parents meeting Wednesday night here at Kingsbury Middle School and we are writing, e-mailing, letting the legislature know we want to save our schools, save our kids,” said teacher Cecilia Vaughn, who is Kingsbury Middle School’s representative for the DCPEA.
About 25 parents attended the meeting.
“What we’re hoping for is this year when the legislature, particularly the assembly meets, they will hear our concerns and realize our (school) districts in Nevada cannot keep up with other districts that offer higher salary schedules,” Vaughn said. “We are encouraging parents to bring their kids March 28 to meet outside state assembly in Carson City to let them know we are voting citizens. We have concerns and we’d like them to consider the education (bills).”
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