A large demonstration by teachers and parents of students made an extended loud noise outside the state legislature Monday, complaining bitterly that Nevada’s education system is failing Nevada children. They complained that Nevada’s spending on education, among all states, is near rock bottom. Demonstrators demanded action – including raising state taxes on Nevada’s mining industry. It would help not only Kindergarten through 12th grade students, but also to increase the ranks of newly college-educated students who qualify for high paying occupations.
Meanwhile state legislators around the country are grappling with budget shortfalls caused by the Covid-19 virus. There is a great deal of uncertainty as to what the federal government is willing to do to further pump-up revenue for education nationwide. (The federal government has the power to print more money – a lot more money). Many economists agree that pulling the U.S. up and out of its economic hole will require a great deal of financial resources with predictable time lines. Otherwise it could take years for the country to recover, which, in the minds of many economists, would be especially damaging to the U.S. economy for a very long time.