Gov. Brian Sandoval discusses plan to reduce class sizes

Gov. Brian Sandoval discusses plan to reduce class sizes

By Denise Wong. CREATED May 16, 2013

Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- Class size is a big concern for parents in Clark County. Now, it looks like Governor Brian Sandoval and the school district have come up with the money to reduce the average number of students in each class from 26 to 21.

Clark County school officials are hopeful they can lower class sizes. It's in the budget the Board of Trustees passed Wednesday night.

The $2 billion plan is counting on more property tax revenues, and tax revenues from the state. And for the first time in five years, no teacher jobs are on the chopping block.

In fact, the district wants to hire more help.

"Right now our main objective is to head toward filling 2,000 teacher positions," said Patrice Tew, CCSD Board of Trustees.

Governor Sandoval said his projected budget adds more than $480 million in education spending. $40 million of that will go towards lowering class sizes. He's counting on economic growth to pay for it.

"We can't tax our way out of this. We can't cut our way out of it. We have to grow our way out of it," said Sandoval.

Another big priority for the governor is investing more money in English Language Learners (ELL) programs; something especially important in Clark County.

"We have the highest proportion of ELL students in the nation," said Tew.

Some parents said, you also can't forget about those who don't need as much attention.

Taking steps to lower the teacher to student ratio, can increase their kids' chances of making it through to graduation.

Denise Wong

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Denise Wong is a general assignment reporter for Action News. Catch her live reports on Good Morning Las Vegas.