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February 15, 2017   |   ESA / Vouchers
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Expensive Private Schools Not the Answer for Most Families

With the coming legislative session and the Governor’s proposed $60 million budget item for ESA vouchers, we must consider whether vouchers are good policy for Nevada families and taxpayers. Much has been said about other important investments, with proven track records of success, that should be funded instead of vouchers.  Access to quality pre-K, additional […]

December 15, 2016   |   ESA / Vouchers
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OP-ED: Parent says stop wasting taxpayer dollars on vouchers

On December 15, 2016, the Las Vegas Review Journal published an op-ed by Las Vegas, public school parent, Electra McGrath-Skrzydlewski, asking the Treasurer to stop wasting time and money promoting the unconstitutional voucher program.  The Op-ed states: As a parent plaintiff in the lawsuit, Lopez v. Schwartz, I was relieved and elated when the Nevada […]

December 5, 2016   |   ESA / Vouchers
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Public School Parents to State Treasurer: Obey Court Order, Stop ESA Program

On December 5, 2016, attorneys representing public school parents in the Lopez v. Schwartz lawsuit notified Attorney General Adam Laxalt that the actions of Treasurer Dan Schwartz to continue promoting Education Savings Account (ESA) vouchers violate a court order permanently blocking the ESA program. A copy of the Lopez parents’ letter is posted here. Educate […]

November 22, 2016   |   Announcements
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With ESA’s Gone, Time to Focus on the Real Needs of Students

An Education Savings Account (ESA) is a voucher that diverts taxpayer money constitutionally allocated for public schools to private schools. The voucher program threatened to strip away nearly $40 million from Nevada public schools. The same funds could be better served if they were allocated to fund Pre-K, Special Education, ELL, and the many  programs […]

November 21, 2016   |   Announcements
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Parental Engagement in the Community Implementation Council Can Make a Difference

The Legislative Advisory Committee to Develop a Plan to Reorganize the Clark County School District (AB 394,) proposed a plan to reorganize the way the Clark County School District conducts business. Clearly, defined responsibilities and continued communication between the stakeholders can be key to a successful venture. The changeover of having top school administrators making all […]

November 21, 2016   |   Legislation, School Finance Reform
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A Valuable Education Begins With Preschool

There are few investments with greater returns for our children, families, communities, and our state’s economy than high quality early education.  With the 2017 Legislative Session fast approaching, lawmakers must be sure to include preschool funding as a top priority.  The benefits of investing in quality preschool programs are too important for Nevada to pass […]

October 24, 2016   |   School Finance Reform
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No-Bid CCSD Reorganization Contract for $1.2 million Approved Along Party Lines

During the October 18 Legislative Advisory Committee meeting about the Clark County School District (CCSD) reorganization, Committee members were presented with a proposal from TSC2, a recently formed consulting firm headed by Tom Skancke, former CEO of Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). Firm consultants are slated to assist CCSD with AB394 reorganization efforts, including administrative […]

October 20, 2016   |   ESA / Vouchers
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Governor Sandoval Excludes ESA Vouchers from Special Session

The Governor has called a special session that began this Monday morning October 10, 2016, to work out funding for a new NFL stadium, upgrades to the Las Vegas Convention Center, and more police officers. Thank you, Governor Sandoval, for not including ESA vouchers in the upcoming special session! Proponents of vouchers wanted the special […]

October 18, 2016   |   School Finance Reform
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Parent Engagement Leads to Student Success

Recently, hundreds of educators from across the state gathered at the Northwest Career & Technical Academy to attend the 2016 Nevada Family Engagement Summit. Keynote speaker Dr. Steve Constantino defined family engagement as “the degree to which families are empowered to be involved in the educational and academic lives of their children, and the degree […]

September 30, 2016   |   School Finance Reform
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New Measure of How Attractive States are for Teachers Puts Nevada Near the Bottom

Could This Explain Our Teacher Shortage? The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) recently released a new study detailing key factors that affect teacher supply and attrition. The analysis of all 50 states puts Nevada in the bottom quintile. The study, “A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.,” looked at several factors […]