Why CCSD’s capital campaign is a bad deal for taxpayers
Earlier today, the Clark County School District announced that Rex Bell and Lincoln elementary schools would be replaced if voters approve a $669 million tax increase in November. I used that news to remind voters, once again, that spending money on facilities doesn’t increase student achievement but will dramatically harm some hurting Nevada families.
NPRI comments on CCSD capital campaign announcement
LAS VEGAS – In response to the Clark County School District announcement that Rex Bell and Lincoln elementary schools would be replaced if voters approve a $669 million tax increase in November, Victor Joecks, communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute, released the following comments:
A quality education doesn’t come from a building. It comes from a system with effective teachers and where parents can choose the best options for their children. Because there is little to no correlation between spending on buildings and student achievement, it is disappointing to see district officials push a plan that will not improve student learning but will burden parents with new taxes.
This is especially tragic for the parents who will lose their homes if this tax increase passes. We must remember the many parents who, after struggling for years to pay their mortgage, will find that this tax increase would be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and causes them and their children to lose their home.
While district officials are claiming poverty, the school board recently approved spending $6.6 million on a luxury item – a gym for a high school that already has one.