The Nevada Board of Education has voted unanimously in favor of a dramatic plan to shift the balance of power from a central office to the more than 300 schools in the Clark County School District.
Proponents of the reorganization plan approved Thursday say it's important for Nevada to act boldly, arguing the status quo hasn't improved the state's bottom-ranking public school system.
The plan fine-tuned over the past 14 months calls for an "empowerment" model that gives principals and their volunteer boards control over about 80 percent of the money flowing to their schools.
Critics scrutinized the details of the plan, asking whether it will distribute resources equitably.
A panel of 12 legislators still must approve the final regulations that passed Thursday. That vote is expected on Sept. 9.