In a speech to the state Monday, Gov. Jim Gibbons demanded that lawmakers consider major changes to public education in the special session tentatively set for Feb. 23, reports the Nevada Appeal. Pointing out that education consumes 54 percent of the state’s general fund budget, Gibbons said, “We can’t solve a $1 billion hole in a $6 billion budget if half of that budget is off the table.” He said 142 of Nevada’s 613 public schools qualify as “the worst schools in the nation,” and that more money won’t help fix those schools.
His solution, he said, is to “quit throwing money at programs that haven’t worked and don’t work for our children.” The prime examples he cited in his speech are class size reduction and full-day kindergarten. Gibbons said he won’t eliminate those programs, just remove the mandates imposing them on districts…

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