"We cannot let a child's zip code determine their quality of education"
Did you know?
Students in low income schools have a higher chance of being in a school with teacher vacancies or with less experienced teachers than schools in higher income areas.
The lower performing schools in Nevada also happen to be in the communities with the highest poverty.
Increased resources directed towards at-risk students come at the cost of additional resources for general education students.
Many schools don't receive funds to provide additional services to at-risk students or for Gifted and Talented students.
We believe that a child’s zip code should not determine a child’s opportunity for success through a quality education. As a community we need to start pushing for the following:
Teachers at Title I (low income) schools need support of other experienced, talented and committed colleagues to change the culture of their school to one of academic achievement and success.
We urge the Nevada Department of Education, school districts, and the unions to formulate solutions through dialogue to ensure new mandates or programs take into account unique challenges and perspectives.
There needs to be a new way of doing business; teacher contracts, laws, and district policies need to work in alignment to ensure there is strong teaching performance everywhere, and particularly, where children need it most.
The Nevada Legislature should recognize that the per pupil funding must be sufficient enough to fund a quality licensed teacher in every classroom, and should provide incentives for teachers in Title I schools, such as additional pay or resources for better working conditions (smaller classrooms or classroom assistants), along with ensuring the right kind of leadership to move all our students forward.