Gibbons to Find Other Ways to Fund Education Program

Governor Jim Gibbons says he will drop his plan to drain 60 million dollars from a teachers' retirement incentive plan to fund his empowerment education program.

Democrats in the Legislature, defending various teacher organizations, have said they would block any raid of the incentive fund.

But Assembly Democrats and Senate Republican leaders remain far apart on other issues of the public education budget, especially regarding the Democrats' effort to expand to full-day kindergarten.

With just more than two weeks remaining in the session, lawmakers are concerned the void between Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats over public-education funding will lead to a special session. The regular session must end on June fourth.

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