December 10, 2021
This week, the Interim Finance Committee of the Nevada Legislature voted to approve funding to the Nevada Department of Education for programs that will support student workforce pathways, provide literary resources, and establish additional programs supporting the State’s COVID-19 recovery efforts in education.
These programs are being funded through Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief II (ESSER II), and American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Recovery (ARP ESSER) funds.
“Thank you to the Nevada Legislature for recognizing the need for each of the work programs approved this week,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “I commend Superintendent Jhone Ebert and the Nevada Department of Education for their thoughtful prioritization of these programs and look forward to their positive impacts on education throughout our State.”
“This set of work programs approved by the Nevada Legislature will provide necessary support to continue assisting our school district leaders, school administrators, staff, students, and families in the recovery and rebuilding out of COVID-19,” said Superintendent Jhone Ebert. “I express my gratitude to the Nevada Legislature for approving these important programs.”
The work programs approved this week by the Nevada Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee include:
$450,000 to Implement the Youth Pathways to Careers Platform
$450,000 has been approved to work with Pathways to Careers to develop an education-focused labor market data dashboard with accompanying professional development training for educators to align Career and Technical Education courses and pathways to the local labor market. This work will assist students in finding employment opportunities due to jobs lost during COVID-19. The online professional development tool for teachers will include how to understand and identify high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand occupations and how to create and develop business partnerships that will be helpful to students in participating in work-based learning.
$1.5 Million to Maintain Access to the myON Digital Library
$1.5 million has been approved to maintain access to the myON digital library for all students in grades pre-K-12 by providing free access to age-appropriate literary resources. Since the launch of myON in May 2020, Nevada’s students have accessed more than 8 million books and spent more than 76.2 million minutes reading.
$1.4 Million for the Ongoing Safe Reopening of Schools
$1.4 million has been approved to the safe reopening of schools and the costs associated with providing distance learning or in-person learning safe and effectively. School districts will be able to allocate this funding to several items, including but not limited to: expanding broadband capacity; hiring new educators; developing online curriculum; acquiring computers and digital devices; and acquiring ventilation or air filtering equipment.