After years of chronic underperformance of Nevada’s public schools and critical lack of resources, a group of parents with children in public schools sued the State of Nevada for not upholding its constitutional obligation to provide its students with sufficient resources to meet the state’s own mandated standards.
Shea v. State highlights the need for the State of Nevada to prioritize its public schools after a decade of flat or minimal funding that has resulted in the largest class sizes in the nation, high teacher vacancies, lack of updated equipment and textbooks, cuts to art and music programs and minimal resources to serve students with unique needs.
The parent plaintiffs reside throughout the state, in both urban and rural communities. Many of their children require additional supports to meet their unique needs, which include being English learners, low income, gifted and talented students, or they have a disability or learning difference.
The parents are represented by Educate Nevada Now and The Rogers Foundation, along with pro bono partners Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, and Holland & Hart.
Prior to Shea v. State Nevada was one of only three states that had not had an education adequacy lawsuit.
The goal of the complaint is to ensure that all Nevada students receive the resources they need to be successful and meet state standards.
It’s time for Nevada to step up and prioritize its students and our K-12 public schools!
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