There was one line in Gov. Steve Sisolak’s State of the State speech Wednesday night that should cause rural Nevadans concern — the talk about changing the school funding formula.
“I also look forward to working with Legislative Leadership to review the decades old Nevada Plan to ensure that tax dollars for education follow the student,” he said. “We have to make sure our statewide funding formula is equitable for every student in every county.”
The school funding formula is weighted to take into account the transportation costs in each county, as well as the relative wealth in each county. Thus, poorer rural counties with long commutes get more money per pupil. Any formula adjustments doubtlessly would mean talking money from rural counties and giving it to Clark County.