Lawmakers Deal With Several Education Measures

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Gov. Brian Sandoval wants to give businesses tax breaks for donating money to fund school choice scholarships for disadvantaged youth.

Sandoval's legal counsel, tax chief and interim school superintendent presented SB445 Tuesday to the Senate Revenue Committee. No action was taken.

Administration officials say 14 states have adopted similar legislation.

The bill would give businesses a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for money donated to a scholarship organization. The organization would then make grants to disadvantaged youth to attend private schools or receive homeschooling materials.

Total tax breaks for the program would be capped at $5 million a year, and officials say it would not reduce money for K-12 education.

But others say the money would still come out of the state general fund and somebody's budget.


CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada senator is trying to convince his colleagues that school districts should be required to consider teacher performance when deciding who to fire when layoffs are necessary.

Republican Sen. Greg Brower of Reno presented SB193 to the Senate committee on education Monday night.

The measure would require school boards or districts to include teacher evaluations in the criteria they consider when deciding which teachers should be fired when there are layoffs. Current law allows evaluations to be a factor in the decision making process, but it is not required.

Opponents say the process for determining the best course of action during layoffs should be decided on the local level rather than state statute.

No action was taken on the bill Monday.


CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill raising sales and property tax rates in Washoe County to fund school maintenance and security projects has passed out of a legislative committee.

AB46 was approved Tuesday by the Assembly Taxation Committee in its original form after an amendment authorizing the school board to impose the tax was withdrawn.

Instead, the bill requires Washoe County commissioners to implement that tax hikes.

The bill now goes to the Assembly floor, where it will need a two-thirds majority, or 28 votes, to advance to the Senate.