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Democrats on path to force Sandoval to veto education funding

Updated Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | 3:25 p.m.

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In continuing to portray Gov. Brian Sandoval as severely underfunding education, Democratic lawmakers today are forcing through a public schools budget that is more than $700 million higher than what Sandoval proposed.

In a party line vote this afternoon, the Assembly passed lawmakers' alternative to Sandoval's education budget, sending the bill to the Senate, where a similar vote is expected.

A source said Sandoval's office has been put on notice to receive the bill today.

The move is akin to Democrats' effort to get legislative Republicans to go on record against education funding.

Democratic leaders hope to use Sandoval's anticipated veto in their ongoing campaign to whittle away his popularity, but, perhaps ironically, they also hope it might provoke some compromise.

"This is clearly a message of where Democrats stand on education funding," Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, said. "The law is to fund education first, so we're sending over a budget that does just that."

Asked about the strategy behind the surprise maneuver, Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, replied: "He doesn't have to veto it."

"And then they would have to consider our revenue alternatives," he added.

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  1. Education funding is a joke now. Democrats say that lack of funding for education is having a negative affect on recruiting business to our area. I have also been hearing that we will not be able to compete with with other states and countries. If we are going to provide additional funding, then lets fund education for those that are pursuing degrees in mathematics and science. Lets take a hard look at reducing the funding of education for people who are pursuing degerees in basket weaving and babysitting. Funding education for the pursuit of math and science degrees is the only way that we are ever going to compete in a global economy. If Democcrats were serious, they would stop trying to increase funding for B.S. programs.

  2. Excellent!

  3. Call your legislator at 1-800-978-2878 and demand that they start representing Nevada's working families by supporting education and stop representing the foreign mining corporations who Republicans refuse to tax.

  4. Tony V, too bad you can't come up with a constructive comment.

  5. Education funding is a catastrophe in Nevada: among the lowest in the nation, and Sandoval's draconian budget will cut K-12 beyond its capacity to prepare our state's young people for the new century.

    And Higher Education funding will drop to $51 per capita (in inflation adjusted dollars); that's $21 less than Nevada spent in 1980; and $45 less per capita than it spent in 2009. This level of cuts is unsustainable, and will destroy a university and community college system it took generations to build. Do Nevada citizens really want this? Do they want 12,000 students every year to be forced to leave our state because there will be no room for them in our colleges and universities?

    If Sandoval wants to be known as "the governor who killed education in Nevada" then he will veto this bill. But what he is also vetoing, please remember, is choice and opportunity for our state's young people.

  6. Governor Sandoval has his eyes on one prize: HIS FUTURE. He is being "groomed" towards future candidacy for USA Vice President or President, and his matra, "no new taxes" will pave his way, of course, on the backs of Nevada citizens. If the "Road to Hell is paved with good intentions," well, in this case, Governor Sandoval's road is paved with the corpses of lost futures, hopes, and dreams of Nevada's citizens.

    For those of us who lived through the Civil Rights Movement, and all the other causes that followed in its wake, there is a great lesson to be learned when opportunity does not exist for citizens. Sir Winston Churchill, stated, "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." First, you must LEARN. We need teachers!

    Right now, at school districts throughout the state, folks are fighting for their jobs via seniority. Administration pits worker against worker. "Divide and Conquer" as a means to carry out Governor Sandoval's plan. Already, principals are moving low seniority/to be/should be cut workers, into positions that they ARE NOT LICENSED NOR (HIGHLY)QUALIFIED TO SERVE for next year, while moving those who have served well to other locations (on paper, at least for now) until the numbers and politics settle. THAT is REALITY.

    Can parents EXPECT their child(ren) having a highly qualified teacher next school year?

    If folks were allowed to bet on Nevada politics at the casino sports books, it would be an interesting study on where public preception really is. Please take the time to communicate with your Nevada State Representative; make it clear what you expect them to do in these final days in the Legislative Session. Thank you!

  7. Governor Sandoval:

    All Nevadans, particularly the hard working families of this great state whose children deserve a first rate education, will be awaiting word on whether or not you veto this budget. Your actions will be remembered for decades to come. Please ponder it carefully.