The Nevada Independent reported that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak unveiled a nine-point plan for improving the state’s K-12 system on Monday — the same day he convened a group of teachers and parents to discuss education issues plaguing the state.
His education blueprint relies largely on shifting two revenue streams — a room-tax increase enacted by Initiative Petition No. 1 (IP1) in 2009 and a retail tax on recreational marijuana — which were intended for education but wound up going elsewhere. Redirecting those funds back to education, he said, could fulfill certain aspects of his education platform, including reducing class sizes and increasing pay for educators.
“There’s an awful lot of my constituents who are not just disappointed. They’re upset,” he said. “They didn’t vote for marijuana because they necessarily wanted to go partake in marijuana. They voted for marijuana because the promise was it would help education. Well, it didn’t fund education. It went into the rainy day fund.”
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