Gubernatorial candidates Jim Gibbons and Dina Titus
are locking horns over Gibbons' Education First initiative.
Titus, the state Senate minority leader from Las Vegas, says the
plan misses what she thinks is the main problem of Nevada's
education system: inadequate funding.
But a spokesman for Republican Congressman Gibbons says the
measure would provide a boost to education nonetheless.
The initiative, which would force state lawmakers to fund the
public education budget first every session, was approved by
Nevadans in 2004 and still needs voter approval in November to take
Titus unveiled her 14-point education plan yesterday at the
Nevada State Education Association convention in Reno.
Among other proposals, it calls for using some of the state
surplus to help struggling school districts with costs of building
new schools and maintaining older schools.