Nevada’s English Learner (EL) population in school districts has reached historic levels since 2001. The bill (SB 504) was signed into law in June of 2013, to meet the growing needs and challenges of an ever diversifying and growing population. The Zoom Program was created to support the EL population of students to attain English language proficiency and academic success. Zoom programming was a non-competitive grant distributing allocations each year based on the identified number of ELs in each of Nevada’s school districts. The Zoom legislation specifically identified the amount of funding that was allocated to the Clark and Washoe County School Districts and prescribed how the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) was to make allocations to other districts and charter schools. In 2015, the 78th session of the Nevada Legislature allocated additional funds for this bill from $50 million to $100 million, extending the program beyond the elementary school level to include middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools.

The 2021 legislative session resulted in Nevada implementing a new pupil-centered funding formula to begin in fiscal year (FY) 2022, or the 2021 - 22 school year. The funding that was provided for the Zoom grant program, was applied to the English Learner (EL) weights for the new pupil-centered funding formula. The Zoom grant program, did sunset on June 30, 2021.

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