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Opinion: Sandoval was against vouchers before he was for them (w/video)

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A key facet of Brian Sandoval’s “plan” for education in Nevada has been proposing a system of vouchers. His “plan” would rip more than $100 million from the 96 percent of children attending public schools to support the 4 percent of students who attend private schools.

But Sandoval hasn’t always been such a big proponent of vouchers.

In fact, when running for State Assembly, Sandoval told the Reno Gazette Journal: “I would oppose a voucher system to the extent it would allow taxpayer money to be diverted to private schools.”

Maybe Sandoval forgot that a voucher system does exactly that–divert taxpayer money to private schools.

A new Web video from Rory 2010 explores Sandoval’s voucher flip-flop.

Nearly 20,000 children in Nevada attend private school, or about 4 percent of school enrollment in the state. The 2009 Nevada Legislature appropriated $5,395 per pupil for public schools in 2010-2011. That means under Sandoval’s voucher program about $108 million would be drained from public schools.

That’s in addition to:

— $110 million ripped from class-size reduction programs, particularly targeting 7- and 8-year-olds.

— $133 million taken from teachers’ pockets for a 4 percent pay cut to those responsible for educating our children.

— $190 million more taken from teachers’ salaries in an attempt to balance the state’s budget on the backs of our teachers and schools.

— In total, Sandoval plans to cut our schools funding by $533 million.

Rory Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success–supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about his campaign or to download his plans–visit Rory2010.com.

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