Washoe schools benefit from new state dollars
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With the start of the school year, state lawmakers are already taking stock of new education initiatives funded this past legislative session. Governor Brian Sandoval and Nevada Superintendent Dale Erquiaga were at one school in Reno today.
Welcome to Pre-K at Corbett Elementary.
These kids wouldn't be here if not for the 50 million dollars earmarked this summer to expand early education programs at schools like Corbett, which has a lot of English Language Learners and many students from low-income families.
It's the first time Nevada has set aside money for that purpose, and Erquiaga says the student test scores may not immediately reflect that change.
"It will take us years before we see the levels of achievement across the full k through 12 system, but what we are working at now is grade by grade improvement."
Erquiaga says there's another wrinkle in the process of determining how much students are benefiting from these programs. The state doesn't begin collecting data in a uniform way until 3rd grade. He says the county does collect that information, but it may take some time for the state to properly understand the results.
In total, Corbett and five other Washoe schools received about 4 million dollars. Governor Sandoval says they're paying close attention to how the money is spent and what works.
"Obviously, we want to make sure every dollar is spent well, and different things may work in different ways at different schools, but at the same time there may be that one method that's most effective"
In addition to expanding Pre-K, Corbett has cut down kindergarten class sizes and will be offering a summer session for students, as well.