Sandoval Optimistic In State Of The State Address
By MICHELLE RINDELS
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) â¿¿ Gov. Brian Sandoval proposed expanding all-day kindergarten to nearly half of Nevada's elementary schools, boosting programs for English language learners, and investing more in the Millennium Scholarship during his State of the State address Wednesday.
Education dominated the speech and accounts for much of the additional spending Sandoval proposes in his two-year, $6.5 billion budget, which was released the same day.
"Our greater challenge is helping a Nevada that is still on the horizon," Sandoval said. "I want us to agree that what we find there must be the best it can be."The Republican governor's speech, delivered in Carson City and broadcast statewide, was largely optimistic even while the state continues to face the nation's highest unemployment rate at 10.8 percent. He called the last two years "a success story," citing 30,000 new jobs in the state in the past 24 months. He gave the state's housing crisis just a passing mention toward the end of the speech, sandwiching it between talk of increased autism support funding and fewer furlough days for state employees. "We are emerging from the worst economic crisis of our generation," he said. "I can confidently report to the people of Nevada that the state of our state grows stronger every day." Among the specifics of his education plan, Sandoval is calling for more funding for English language learners, who make up more than 15 percent of the state's students, and expanding all-day kindergarten options. He wants to put more into Teach for America â¿¿ a program akin to the Peace Corps that places young college graduates in teaching posts at needy schools. He proposed a school-choice bill that would give businesses a tax credit for donating to a scholarship fund. Students at low-performing schools could use the funds to attend a different school of their choice.
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