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City Of Las Vegas Chips In Money To Add Teachers
City Of Las Vegas Chips In Money To Add Teachers

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AIR DATE: July 30, 2013

GUESTS:

Ruben Murillo, President, Nevada Education Association

Bob Coffin, Las Vegas Councilman, Ward 3

BY MARIE ANDRUSEWICZ -- The Las Vegas City Council is tired of waiting for the state to get its fiscal house in order when it comes to funding education.  On Wednesday, the Council approved hiring 25 Teach for America educators to work in at-risk schools in and around downtown.

Councilman Bob Coffin says that if critics of the Teach for America program don’t like it, just tell him.

“They can come to me and say wait a minute, this isn’t right. They aren’t good, or they abuse their teachers, why can’t they come in the union, et cetera.”

Ruben Murillo, President of the Nevada Education association takes issue with the plan from another perspective – why isn’t the state stepping up to fund education programs that need it?

“Instead of depending on private corporations, private foundations and such to fully fund education, we need to do the job that was supposed to be done by the legislature and fund education to its fullest extent,” says Murillo.

Although Murillo seems appreciative of the $62,000 that the Council approved to hire the TFA educators, he notes that the council doesn’t really have the resources to fund other needed initiatives, including English Language Learners, classroom size reduction, and full-day kindergarten.

Coffin says the Nevada state legislature “has not had the guts” to make the tough decisions necessary to maintain education funding in the state.

“(School funding) leaked and leaked  -- every time a recession came, we cut education and we wouldn’t restore it,” says Coffin of his two years in the Nevada Assembly.

“It’s time for action,” says Murillo.


 

 

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    I have worked with teach for America teachers and was not impressed. The air of superiority they brought with them was very apparent to the staff and teachers. The quality of teaching was far below par and they were unreceptive to suggerstions that could make the experience a good one for the students. Please reconsider this move. Teachers that have worked long and hard to hone their craft are being put in less than adequate circumstances and working miracles with their charges!! Help our educators and keep class size below 26! Support the second language learners! Reinstate step raises for those in the classroom working with our future! Let's make our future better for all of us.
    Gretchen matthewsAug 2, 2013 11:50:43 AM
    Interesting segment. So rather than provide adequate funding for education through taxation, schools are now going to be dependent on the "charity" of big business? What happens when the charity is no longer available? Not to mention the fact that TFA members are contracted for 2 or 3 years, thus guaranteeing significant turnover in already at-risk schools. TEI is an attempt to provide adequate funding for all Nevada schools. Tax is not a 4 letter word. Support TEI.
    Peg BeanAug 1, 2013 16:20:54 PM
    Does this group really look like it needed our city tax dollars? With over $350M in assets? http://www.teachforamerica.org/sites/default/files/FY2011AuditedFinancialStatements.pdf
    Lisa MunteanAug 1, 2013 13:59:46 PM
    I did not know any group could hire a teacher to work in the public schools. Did I read the article wrong?
    PaulAug 1, 2013 13:33:54 PM
    Paul- Private companies or groups can provide funding to schools for specific purposes, sometime equipment, sometimes additional staff. The only problem with this is that by specifying Teach For America Teachers they are pretty much guaranteed to have a 100% turnover in 2-3 years.
    JanelleAug 1, 2013 14:31:17 PM
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