Sunday, May 26, 2019 | 2 a.m.
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At a rate of more than once per week during this academic year, a student or parent has been caught bringing a firearm or BB gun to a school in the Clark County School District.
An 18-year-old was shot and killed on the campus of Canyon Springs High School in September, and a young student was injured in a shooting near Stanford Elementary School in January. And all the while, lockdowns have occurred on a disturbingly regular basis amid phoned-in threats and violent incidents in surrounding neighborhoods.
For these and other reasons, it’s crucial that Nevada lawmakers keep working toward providing state funding to the school district to improve safety.
Early in the 2019 legislative session, Gov. Steve Sisolak made a commendable move by recommending that $54 million in revenue from recreational marijuana taxes be steered away from the rainy day fund and into school safety.
But recently, after Sisolak introduced a bill that would funnel all of the marijuana revenue to increase per-pupil funding and provide raises for teachers, members of a joint Senate and Assembly committee gutted the school safety funding by more than $30 million. What remains will go to rural school districts, with Clark and Washoe counties now expected to pay for school safety through their own capital improvement funds or sales tax levies.
In Clark County, at least, that’s a major problem. The school district already faces $6 billion in deferred maintenance needs — upgrading or replacing old facilities.
“I’m extremely concerned,” CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara told school board members Monday during a special meeting. “As you know from our data (from a survey of students), 20% of our children do not feel safe. So I feel this cut