Sandoval Announces Education Grant Agreement

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval announced today that the Clark County School District’s  $40 million Race to the Top grant application will move forward with the support of the Clark County Education Association.

“I was informed this morning that the Clark County School District and the Clark County Education Association have signed the Race to the Top letter,” Sandoval said in a statement. “I am pleased that by working together, leaders of education in Clark County were able to agree to get this done for our children. I look forward to continuing to work with all parties to improve education in our state.”

Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones said: “The district is pleased that this issue has been resolved and that we were able to move forward today with our application for the Race to the Top grant.

Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones.

“If awarded to the Clark County School District, this grant will provide individualized instruction that will drastically improve the educational experience for our students,” he said. “The district welcomed suggestions from the Clark County Education Association regarding the application and remains committed to competing for these much-needed funds to help increase achievement for our children. Thank you to Governor Sandoval for brokering this agreement.”

CCEA President Ruben Murillo said: “CCEA is pleased to join Governor Sandoval and the school district in the application for the Race to the Top funds. Teachers look forward to a successful partnership in ensuring our students’ needs are met.”

Earlier this week Sandoval said he was disappointed that the grant would not move forward after the association declined to sign off on the application. The deadline was today to submit the grant request to the U.S. Department of Education.

Las Vegas news media reported Tuesday that the district’s application for a share of the $400 million in Race to the Top funds was derailed by the lack of support from the union, which has been at odds with the district over pay and benefits.