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Public Weighs In on School Budget Problems

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LAS VEGAS - Students from the Southwest Career and Technical Academy pounded the pavement and marched with a message Tuesday: Stop budget cuts.

"If they cut transportation, I wouldn't have any way of getting to my school," said student Lea Ligutom.

They fear new cuts to education will hurt their future.

"A lot of the sports and clubs that we have are getting shut down, and we're not going to have the opportunity to have a normal high school life," student Jackie Vasquez said.

Teacher Jonathan O'Brien believes lawmakers should cut somewhere other than schools. "Our salaries have been frozen, and they are threatening to cut them even lower, and I don't know how I'll be able to afford to get to work next year if that's the case," he said.

With pep rally enthusiasm, they took their message for two miles, walking to a Clark County School District town hall meeting at Sierra Vista High School. Students offered their solutions.

"Raise taxes on those tobacco products, and I truly believe that will make a difference," one student said.

Members of the public also suggested ideas to fund Nevada schools. "Most states have a lottery. For one dollar a day, we need to sell this to the casinos to get the lottery here in Las Vegas, Nevada right away," one citizen said.

Those in attendance received a tough lesson on economics from school administrators.

"You think about a $400 million cut for a corporation the size of ours, a lot of times they will be filing for bankruptcy," said Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones.

If you were unable to attend Tuesday night's town hall meetings, the Clark County School District offers an online budget survey for you to offer input on which cuts you would make to fill a $400 million budget hole.

Take the CCSD Budget Survey 

The district will present its final budget in May.

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