LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A teacher strike in the Las Vegas valley still looms after the 80th session of the Nevada Legislature wrapped up over night.
Late Monday, debate over education funding went right to the wire. Lawmakers extended a payroll tax that redirects the money it generates towards education.
Clark County School District is applauding the passage saying it paves the way for CCSD employees to get pay raises.
However, the Clark County Education Association says the school district did not receive enough funding and will have to modify its budget next year.
The organization says, "If there are cuts in the classroom and CCSD falls short of paying educators salary increases there will be a strike at the start of the 2019-2020 school year."
On May 31, representatives from CCEA protested with picket signs outside of Durango High School demanding raises, more classroom resources, and smaller class sizes.
Read the full CCEA statement released today below.
Clark County Education Association's authorization to strike is still on. The Legislative Session has ended with more funding appropriated to the Clark County School District, however, we know that CCSD did not receive all the funds it had requested and will have to modify its budget for the next school year. Though CCSD has indicated that it will meet its obligations of paying educators salary increases, CCEA will not accept any budget cuts in the classroom. We have been consistent that the District must provide resources in the classroom as well as raises for educators. The two go hand in hand. CCEA will be at the negotiation table with CCSD this week to ensure that those objectives are met. If there are cuts in the classroom and CCSD falls short of paying educators salary increases there will be a strike at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
In all, state lawmakers passed more than 400 bills in the 120-day session.