Sandoval Joins Educators and Legislators to Sign Historic Education Reform Bills


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Carson City - June 12, 2015

Governor Brian Sandoval today signed into law major education reform legislation passed during the 78th Legislative Session. Each of the measures signed were components of his State of the State Address in which he outlined his vision for transforming and modernizing Nevada’s education system.

A few highlights from today’s bill signings include:

A.B. 448: Assembly Bill 448 creates the Achievement School District (ASD), a sweeping education reform which will convert the lowest performing schools in our state to achievement charter schools. The State Board of Education will review and approve the schools placed into the new District as recommended by the ASD Executive Director.

A.B. 483: This measure was one of Governor Sandoval’s five allotted bills following his State of the State address. A.B. 483 will require school districts to reward their top performing teachers through salary increases. Pay-for-Performance compensation plans will be exempt from collective bargaining and districts will be required to set aside sufficient funding to provide bonuses for highly effective teachers and principals.

A.B. 394: In his State of the State Address, Governor Sandoval articulated the need to examine the size of school districts to ensure they are meeting the needs of Nevada’s students. Assemblyman David Gardner introduced and shepherded this measure which is the important first step in the process whereby Nevada will reorganize school districts when necessary.

S.B. 514: The approval of legislation passed during the 78th Legislative Session including Senate Bill 514 is the largest public investment made to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in its history. The funds appropriated by the bills signed today will provide the first major investment in the UNLV School of Medicine and deliver significant funding for the UNLV Boyd School of Law, UNLV Harrah Hotel College Building, and UNLV International Center for Excellence in Gaming Regulation.

S.B. 515: Senate Bill 515 contains unprecedented investments in Nevada’s K-12 education system and represents a part of the Governor’s strategic plan to reform and modernize the way we deliver education to Nevada’s students. Additionally, SB 515 funds many of the Governor’s new education policy priorities, which includes more than $300 million over the biennium.

S.B. 508: Senate Bill 508 will make significant and meaningful updates to the Nevada Plan and is considered a landmark reform in the Governor’s education package. The original Nevada Plan was originally enacted in 1967 at a time when Nevada’s entire population was roughly 450,000 which is less than today’s total enrollment in all of Nevada’s public schools. This measure changes the Nevada Plan to begin evaluation and the process of providing student weights or a multiplier of the basic support guarantee for students who have disabilities, limited English proficiency, are at risk, or are gifted. All students do not require the exact same resources to be successful in the classroom; this legislation addresses the diverse needs of our state and growing population and will improve Nevada’s overall delivery of education.

A full list of signed legislation can be found below:

S.B. 515 S.B. 514
S.B. 508 S.B. 474
S.B. 111 S.B. 92
A.B. 448 A.B. 483
S.B. 266  

The Governor issued a veto message on Assembly Bill 326. A brief summary can be found below with the full message attached:

A.B. 326: This bill would impose a moratorium on special license plates for classic vehicles and hotrods in an attempt to address the abuse of these plates by individuals seeking to avoid emissions testing. Legislation was already passed this session to address this issue and the moratorium in A.B. 326 was unnecessary and would have had a detrimental impact on popular Nevada festivities such as Hot August Nights.

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