Education Leaders Scramble To Meet Gibbons' Cut Request

Public education leaders in Nevada are scrambling to identify the costs and consequences of Governor Jim Gibbons' decision Friday to include them in statewide budget cuts.

Gibbons asked the public schools to look for cuts of 4.5 percent to their budgets. He initially declared them exempt from any cutbacks due to a state tax revenue shortfall.

Education funding may be reduced by $96 million.

Clark County School District Walt Rulffes says it will be difficult because the county is halfway through the school year, meaning cuts for the rest of the year will have to be larger than 4.5 percent.

Gibbons is expected to meet with county superintendents on Thursday.