« Ten Investing in Innovation Applicants Home in on Rural Education | Main | Alaska One of Few States to Hire Rural Ed. Coordinator »

Report: Nevada Rural Districts Receiving Too Much Money

A funding fight could be brewing in Nevada, and it's unlike most of the others happening across the country.

While rural districts typically end up in court fighting for more money, in this state, a new report has shown the state's rural districts are getting too much.

The state's lawmakers are looking at a new school funding formula, and they commissioned the American Institutes for Research to study the issue. Their findings were presented last week.

"The institute found the 'outdated' funding structure, called the Nevada Plan, overpays rural teachers, overfunds rural districts, and doesn't provide extra funding to cover the high cost of teaching students in poverty and English-language learners, which most states already do," according to an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Under the funding proposal examined in the study, only the largest county, Clark County, and its biggest city, Las Vegas, would see an increase in per pupil funding from the state. The state's other 16 districts, most of which are rural, would see less. As it stands now, Clark County consistently has received less than others (as little as one-third of some) despite generating the most tax revenue.

Clark County helped pay for the study, so at least one lawmaker is quoted as saying its findings are "no surprise." Legislators are slated to discuss the report's recommendations further on Aug. 28.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments