Nevada continues to hover among the lowest states in the nation in education funding, as does our student achievement. Critical programs that will help our students improve academically must be funded and implemented if education in Nevada is to improve. According to Education Week’s Quality Counts 2016: State Report Cards, Nevada ranked last in the nation with an overall D grade (ranked 46:51 for the school finance portion); US received a C grade. In 2017 & 2018, Nevada again ranked last overall with D grades, while the US continued to receive a C. In 2018, Nevada ranked 48th out of 51 for the school finance portion.
According to Washoe Ready for Life (convened by the Nevada Public Education Foundation), in 2008, more than 19,500 students dropped out of Nevada’s high schools; the lost lifetime earnings total more than $5.1 billion. Because high school dropouts are likely to stay in the region, taking lower skill and lower paying jobs, northern Nevada businesses also pay the price of training basic job skills. In the long run, all taxpayers loose unless our education system is adequately funded to ensure student success throughout their lives. Supporting quality education with tax dollars is critical unless alternative funding sources are tapped. And although quality education isn’t guaranteed through state funding, the fact remains that there’s no such thing as free education.
- Per pupil funding formula starting with the 2009-10 annual reports of accountability (2008-09 school year) changed by the Nevada Department of Education and no longer comparable to prior years
*Support services for instruction, students, instructional staff, general & school administration, central services, O&M, student transportation, other, nutrition services (2002-05), community services (starting 2006), facilities, interest on long-term debt & amoritization
**Other instructional programs are activities that provide students in prekindergarten through grade 12 with learning experiences in English for speakers of other languages, alternative and at risk education programs, remedial programs, summer school programs, and other instructional programs