COMMENTARY: Nevada lawmakers must make a down payment on the state’s future

Nevada ranks 45th in education funding and was given an F in fiscal effort by the Education Law Center. This underwhelming feat was accomplished because Nevada uses an antiquated funding formula that is the oldest in the nation.

Additionally, a 2018 study commissioned by the state Department of Education found Nevada funds its public schools at only 58 percent of adequacy. That means our students receive only 58 percent of the amount needed to have the opportunity to meet our state’s education standards.

With consistently declining state ratings and no meaningful changes in sight, three organizations of parents, teachers and education advocates came together a year ago to launch the Fund Our Future Nevada coalition with the shared goal of ensuring that every student in Nevada receives the necessary resources to succeed.

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