Del Sol - a very nice high school, but this $100 million school building doesn't teach kids
Really. I know it is tough to believe, but buildings do not teach kids. $1 million buildings or a $100 million building, the buildings do not teach kids.
That said, Governor Sandoval proposed sweeping hundreds of millions of dollars out of the construction funds from Nevada's school districts (seriously, they don't need to be building new schools at this point and they can hold off renovating for a few years too). That construction money would be moved to the state's general fund to offset further general fund cuts to K-12 education. Ironically, the general fund revenue helps pay teacher salaries (teachers, btw, do in fact teach kids).
Democrats want to ensure that money, about $300 million, remains available to construct and remodel schools. They argue this will produce several hundred jobs in construction and allow the districts to remodel old school buildings.
This is a rather ironic situation in which Democrats have thrown themselves between a rock and a hard place. You see, Democrats want money for their friends in the construction union, but that comes at the expense of funds for their friends in the teacher union.
In other words, at this point in time, Democrats are wanting to fund jobs for construction workers at the expense of jobs for teachers and school employees. I'm surprised Republicans haven't made this into a PR nightmare for the Democrats by railing on them for misplaced " anti-teacher" priorities.
Still, worrying about union needs puts Democrats in yet another hard place. As much research demonstrates, the interest of both the construction and teacher unions do not always line up with what is best for students.