CARSON CITY — Governor Jim Gibbons received official notification today that Nevada will receive $83.1 million in one-time federal funding for the 2010-2011 school year. The funding is part of the “Edujobs” bill passed by Congress and signed into law on August 10, 2010. Application documents were received by the Governor’s Office on Friday, August 13, and Nevada applied for funding on Monday, August 16. Nevada was one of the first five states to apply for the funding.
“I will move quickly to distribute this money to our schools and our children. The school year is underway and the jobs created by these funds are needed now. Our students need this support now,” Governor Gibbons said, “We appreciate the speedy approval process established U.S. Department of Education and we will expeditiously distribute this money to our school districts.”
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan commended Nevada for being one of the first states to apply for this special federal funding. The funding is expected to create 1,400 teaching and teaching support jobs statewide during the current school year.
Governor Gibbons has received assurances from the superintendents of both Clark County and Washoe County School Districts that the new federal funds will be used to create new teaching jobs and not to fund raises for existing teacher positions.
Governor Gibbons has communicated to school superintendents and school boards that his preference is to fund additional teaching positions to reduce class sizes, not only in primary grades but also in upper elementary grades, and in important subject areas such as high school mathematics.