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Private Business Donates to Local Schools

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LAS VEGAS -- To tax or axe? That's the decision state lawmakers face when it comes to local schools. But a group of local business leaders hope to provide a third way.

The Public Education Foundation rounded up donations from Wyndham Resorts of over 1,000 new books for students at Gibson Middle School. The PEF found schools in need of new books. Gibson had books dating from 1964.

"I'm excited to have new books," said Marisol Garcia with Gibson. "I have been reading the same books over and over again."

"There's a lot of books here that I like, especially the Hunger Games books and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I like to read a lot," said another student.

The PEF gives local schools $7 million annually and have awarded about $800,000 in scholarships. It is still quite small compared to the $250 million shortfall CCSD faces next year. But as one of the districts' largest supporters, this group of business leaders hopes to use their clout for reform.

"Tenure needs to be re-examined. Wonderful teachers should be rewarded and parents are demanding now that its a pay for performance component," said PEF Chairman Sig Rocich.

Tax or axe continues to be debated in Carson City. Meanwhile, Gibson Middle School will enjoy their new books, hoping students will have a school system able to continue their progress.

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