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Student Leaders Voice Concerns About Education Cuts

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LAS VEGAS - Student body presidents from high schools around the valley gathered at a roundtable discussion Tuesday night to discuss possible improvements to education.

"We know that the students are on the front lines," said Clark County School Board Trustee Erin Cranor. "Actually, the student leaders on the campuses are engaged in the very same work we're engaged in."

The talks are designed to engage students in the education process. They come at a time when money is tight as the state shrinks the school district's budget.

"I just feel like the people who are making these budget cuts are not really focusing on the future," said Arbor View High School Student Body President Heidy Hill. "We are Nevada's and America's future, and I believe we deserve more money than they are giving us."

CCSD administrators and school board members paid close attention to what student leaders had to say - turning this into a brainstorming session.

"I want the best for my school. I want the best for my students. I want to be able to have all of the things that we need in our school," said Advanced Technologies Academy Student Body President Arianna Hobbs.

Many of these young leaders hope to persuade lawmakers not to cut education.

"They are not really focusing on the future," said Basic High School Student Body President William Bowers. "There are things that they can do, like tax the mining companies and the casino companies higher."

Trustees hope Tuesday night's dialogue with student leaders will help students and education officials rally around a common purpose.

"Let's find a way to help each other succeed and help students succeed," Cranor said.

The Clark County School District is scheduled to adopt its tentative budget next week. The budget is scheduled to be finalized in May.

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