Legislative Commission unanimously votes yes for Clark County School District reorganization

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Lawmakers vote yes on regulations that would shift the balance of power in the Clark County School District. 

The 12 members of the Legislative Commission adopted regulations that would reorganize the nation’s fifth-largest school district. 

The plan calls for moving power from a central office to the more than 300 schools in the district.

“It is going to be bumpy, said Pat Skorkowksy, CCSD Superintendent. “There are going to be challenges as we go to implementation but now is the time to get to work.”

Principals and their volunteer boards would control about 80 percent of the money flowing to their schools.

“There are pages and pages of specifics in the regulations; said Nevada Sen. Micahel Roberson.  “We’re going to start working with the school district, the school district will be providing training for the new school associate superintendents, for principals.”  

The rules unanimously passed the Nevada Board of Education last week.

Proponents of the reorganization plan argued that the status quo hasn’t improved the state’s bottom-ranking public school system while critics wondered whether the restructure will distribute resources equitably.

Lawmakers plan to meet next week to form a transition committee to guide CCSD through this process.  The transition committee will move money around.

“So it will be reapportioning funds from central to schools where it’s possible,” Skorkowksy said.  “It will also have to work with the State Department of Education who is now required to develop a weighted funding formula so that they can differentiate between general ed students and those special sub group populations.”

The new format would be implemented by the 2017-2018 school year.

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