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Schools Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day

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LAS VEGAS - Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Day around the valley. Several schools and businesses will do their part to honor educators Tuesday and throughout the week.

The principal at Vegas Verdes Elementary School bought all of the teachers little gifts, and the school district is buying lunch.

Many teachers do more with less. They often pay for many of their own classroom supplies. In many cases, they are asked to teach as many as 40 students at a time.

Clark County teachers also face an uncertain future with lawmakers debating the education budget and after the resignation of former Superintendent Dwight Jones in March.

Teachers at Beckley Elementary School say they try to focus on their kids, because the political machinations take their toll.

"I just feel like we're always last on the list," said teacher Becky Davis. "I feel like there are so many other things that take a priority, and here's our future. There are so many different strides the community has made to make this a community and after living here so long, you can see that. So, why not invest in your community?"

The teachers union has the same feeling. The Clark County Education Association says education funding has decreased by nearly $800 million during the last four years. They say Nevada once ranked 45th in the nation per pupil investment and now ranks 49th.

Others, however, say schools are flush with money that gets spent on administrators instead of teachers and students.

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