Gore pitches education plan
HENDERSON, Nev. – After touring portable classrooms at a local elementary school Tuesday, Vice President Al Gore pitched parents and teachers his education plan to build more schools and reduce class sizes.
”I believe very deeply that we have to invest more in education,” Gore told a group of students, parents and teachers at Roberta C. Cartwright Elementary School in Henderson, a Las Vegas suburb.
Gore ducked his head inside one of the school’s 20 portable classrooms to see the overcrowding firsthand. The elementary school has gone from 300 students two years ago to its current enrollment of 1,300 students. Officials said the school gets 10 to 20 new students a week.
Gore, in town for a fund-raiser for his presidential campaign, said that with the largest student population ever in America, learning is now more important and critical to success.
The vice president said he hopes to prevent school overcrowding by putting more teachers in schools, putting fewer students in each classroom, building more schools and offering continuous training for teachers.
Gore proposes giving professionals a $10,000 bonus if they decide to switch careers and head to the classroom.
”We have to make a commitment,” he said. ”We have to face up to the need to get more teachers in more schools.”
Cartwright Elementary was a fitting place for Gore to talk about his education plan. The school is located within Clark County, which is the ninth-largest school district in the nation and the fastest growing.
Clark County School District Superintendent Brian Cram said he appreciated Gore’s proposals.
”We don’t need more people telling us what the problems are. We need people to come in and fix it,” he said.
Gore raised $200,000 for his presidential campaign while in Las Vegas. About 100 people attended a rally at Harrah’s hotel-casino Monday, where Gore pledged to protect Nevada’s rights in its fight against a nuclear waste dump here.