When you want to make an omelet, you need to break a few eggs. That adage also clearly applies to our state’s education system. I’ve been a Nevada resident for almost half a century and, as long as I’ve been here, the biggest topic of concern has … [Read more...] about Break It to Fix It: Education in Nevada
When I first heard the idea that children don’t belong to their parents, but rather to the community, I passed it off as far-left nonsense. That was in 2013 with the following quote, “We have to break through this idea that kids belong to their … [Read more...] about Parent’s Rights: Some Things Shouldn’t Involve the Village
There seems to be one issue Nevadans can all agree on to some degree – education needs to improve, the health of our state depends on it. However, how to improve education is an issue that has been hotly debated and those debates tend to fall along … [Read more...] about Education Needs Help: And Parents Need Options
For as long as I can remember, the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) has been working to raise taxes for education. They’ve come to nearly every industry in the state with their hand out for more money. Like most other business owners, I … [Read more...] about Dangerous Word Play: Holding the Line with “Shall”
Americans no longer expect quality, much less excellence, from our public education system, and U.S. students now lag behind those from other developed countries. What’s happening in Nevada is a prime example of the dumbing-down of our public … [Read more...] about Lowering the Education Bar: Nevada and the U.S. shortchange students or are we becoming a Third World country?
As a Nevada business owner or executive, you’re probably hoping that 2014 will be the year our state finally climbs out of the depths of the recession. This may be the year you get back into the black, make enough money to pay back those bank loans, … [Read more...] about The Margin Tax Proposal: What It Is and Why You Should Fight It
Since Nevada’s legislature chose to take no action on the Free Margin Tax initiative by the March 15th deadline, this important state issue has been automatically passed on to the 2014 ballot. This means Nevada voters will decide whether or not we … [Read more...] about Killing Jobs to Pay for Education: Nevada’s Free Margin Tax Initiative… Won’t be Free
Would you take a job that pays less than comparable positions, requires you to supervise unruly individuals without the authority to discipline them and results in your being blamed when other people don’t take care of their responsibilities? And … [Read more...] about If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher
It’s no secret that Nevada’s education system is in trouble: our high school graduation rate of 41.8 percent is the lowest in the nation, and less than one-third of our minority students achieve a diploma on time. And the list of discouraging … [Read more...] about School Vouchers: Could they be the answer for Nevada?
UNLV’s new multi-media campaign, which recently took top awards in national competition, is one of only a few kudos the University has received on a national level. What’s up at UNLV? Well it’s certainly not enrollment….at least not by much. In 1995 … [Read more...] about BE A REBEL?
Remember when President Obama promised the ACA would lower costs and allow us to keep our providers? We all know how that turned out. It seems the same thing happened with tax revenues from the state’s newest industry – Marijuana. When proponents … [Read more...] about Where’s All the Marijuana Money? Education Funding
In 2015, Nevada’s Legislature passed the largest one-time tax increase in Nevada history, $1.2 billion of which was, ostensibly, to boost education funding. Despite the fact that the commerce tax was rejected by voters the previous year, the … [Read more...] about “More Taxes!” – The Teacher Union’s Solution to Education
Nevada’s Public Employee Retirement Systems (PERS) has a history of protecting their data and blocking the public’s access to information, even though the public (you and I) are footing the hefty bill of almost $2 billion a year. That’s more than 10 … [Read more...] about What Does PERS Have to Hide? Over $1.8 Billion of Public Money Each Year
Governor Sandoval, in late April this year, filed an emergency regulation to provide relief for Nevada teachers who are in jeopardy of losing their jobs by failing to complete a state-mandated course. The regulation indicates that, “affected … [Read more...] about The Dumbing Down of Our Education System – Governor Sandoval Leads the Way in Nevada
For those of us in business, it should come as no surpise that privately run charter schools are out performing traditional government run schools, by a landslide. We’re all frustrated with our state’s dismal ranking in education. Did you know that, … [Read more...] about Nevada’s Charter Schools Just May Be the Answer
Education has been a hot-button topic for a long time in Nevada, and for good reason. It’s no secret that our educational system is failing by nationally measured metrics. You can chalk it up to non-involved parents, a high population of ESL students … [Read more...] about Partner: A Business Leader’s Role in Education
If you’re in business and you’ve ever tried to have a conversation with a tenured professor, you’ve quickly realized there’s a vast difference in their thought processes. While successful business folks are pragmatic in their approach to problem … [Read more...] about Businesses and Universities: The Great Divide