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Bursting At The Seams

An empty classroom, divided by a tarp hanging between two walls.
Anh Gray
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Bursting At The Seams

Most schools across Washoe County are hitting or exceeding capacity despite serious efforts like re-purposing space (check out the ad-hoc computer lab on the left), adding lunch periods, and co-teaching so that class sizes can be bigger. 

Pretty soon, there will be even more kids to serve as Tesla and other companies flock to Northern Nevada .

On top of that, state lawmakers just approved more than a billion dollars in tax hikes, mostly for education. But get this--none of that money will cover capital needs. 

For all of these reasons, KUNR has been reaching out to teachers, parents, administrators, lawmakers, and community members for a series of in-depth stories on the overcrowding crisis in Washoe County schools.