Governor makes second salary donation to Nevada schools

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CARSON CITY, NV (KOLO) - Governor Steve Sisolak has made a second salary donation to Nevada's K-12 public schools in the amount of $27,414.62. The donation follows a campaign pledge he made to donate his governor’s salary to improving education in Nevada.

"There is nothing more important to me than seeing Nevada's children succeed in the classroom," Governor Sisolak said. "I know it will take a lot more than donating my salary to improve our schools, but my hope is that Nevadans see this gesture as evidence of my steadfast and on-going commitment to fulfilling my promise to our kids."

The governor's first donation was made back in April in the amount of $24,654.79. In a letter dated April 24, 2019 (see attached) to the Nevada State Board of Education accompanying the donation, Gov. Sisolak outlines a plan to donate his net state salary on a quarterly basis to the Nevada Department of Education’s Education Gift Fund, to be distributed to Title I schools in the state.

According to the Department of Education, "The purpose of Title I is to even the playing field for our low-achieving children, high poverty children, LEP children, migratory children, children with disabilities, Indian children, neglected or delinquent children."

“I asked the people of Nevada for the chance to lead this state for many reasons, chief among them being the opportunity to improve educational outcomes for every child in every classroom in the state,” Gov. Sisolak says. “To show my commitment to this goal, the First Lady and I are donating my net state salary back to public education. It is my sincere hope that with these donations, I can begin to fulfill my promise to our educators, families, and children and make a positive impact on our public schools.”

For each fiscal quarter for his current four-year term as governor, Gov. Sisolak says he will donate his full net salary earned in that quarter to the Education Gift Fund. Earlier this year, the Governor and First Lady set up a separate bank account for the governor’s paychecks.

The Governor and First Lady have instructed the Department of Education to distribute their donation evenly to Title I schools across the state each quarter so that each Title I school receives a one-time donation of $1,000, with any remaining funds in the account distributed evenly to all Title I schools. As of April 2019, there are 416 Title I schools in the state.

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