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Teachers and Staff to Weigh in on Budget Cuts

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LAS VEGAS -- Clark County school teachers and staff are being asked to weigh in on budget cuts in the district.

A nearly 600-seat auditorium at Green Valley High School was filled to capacity Monday night as around 1,000 people showed up to get their point across to lawmakers. They voiced their concerns about the $275 million in budget cuts the school district is facing.

There will be town hall meetings on the budget cuts on Tuesday, March 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following schools.

  • Chaparral High School
  • Mojave High School
  • Cimarron Memorial High School
  • Sierra Vista High School

"We heard loud and clear from the teachers and the community what these cuts would do their children in the classroom," said Ruben Murillo, president of the Clark County Education Association and a teacher.

"You will have the core of an apple. If an apple represents public education, you will end up with a core and what happens to that core, it decays and rots."

An internal survey was sent to CCSD staff Monday. There are 26 questions. Teachers and staff are being asked to select that they feel should be cut to meet the deficit. For example, eliminating athletic programs would save the district $6.4 million. 

Read the Survey

"I am a little disappointed that survey went out so quickly, I understand they have to get information, but it's not over until it's over," said Murillo.

"I don't know that you can continue to cut and cut and expect to have an improved education system," said Carolyn Edwards, CCSD trustee president.

Edwards was at the meeting and hopes state leaders deliver the worries from Southern Nevada to Carson City. "I don't know if we could make these cuts without affecting the classroom and I don't think it's the right way to go," said Edwards.

Someone who wasn't at the hearing was Governor Brian Sandoval and that didn't score well with the teachers union. They say he should attend or have a representative there on his behalf.

The Governor's office did respond saying, "No one wants to make education cuts and these decisions are certainly difficult but there is growing agreement that education reforms must move forward."

There is a protest against cuts in education planned on Sunday on the Las Vegas Strip that's scheduled to start at noon in front of the Bellagio fountains.



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