Expand Zoom Schools Program (SB 405)
Since the enactment of Senate Bill 504 (SB 504), Clark County and Washoe County School Districts have provided intensive services to more than 17,000 of Nevada's English learners (ELs) in early grades through the Zoom Schools initiatives. Non‐Zoom school districts have served more than 1,500 ELs in the more rural areas of the state. These intensive services have resulted in increased academic Achievement and improvements in English language proficiency. These early gains help to ensure that Nevada's young English learners are better prepared to achieve success in school, from Kindergarten through high school graduation.
Governor Sandoval recommended budget appropriates additional State General Fund of $25 million in each year of the biennium. This will fund twice the number of current schools in Clark and Washoe (24 additional) in the first year of the biennium. When kindergarten becomes fully funded (outlined above), Zoom funds will be freed up and used to expand to additional schools. Middle and high schools should be included in this biennium's pilot. The pilot will be evaluated by an external evaluator, contracted for by the NDE, and spending information will be used to modernize the Nevada Plan next biennium by shifting to funding "weights" as recommended by the SB 500 Task Force.