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
Almost as soon as they were signed into law by the Nevada Legislature last year, Educational Savings Accounts (ESA’s) were contested by those that would hold back a ground-breaking solution to some of Nevada’s most serious issues. If you haven’t … [Read more...] about Governor Buries Hope of Education Savings Accounts: A Shot in the Head to School Choice
When SB 302, commonly known as the Nevada School Voucher Program, was passed earlier this year by the Nevada legislature, it was widely praised as a step in the right direction for Nevada’s oft criticized education system. Allowing parents greater … [Read more...] about Nevada’s School Voucher Program Apparently Too Much of a Good Thing
Nevada’s public schools have been receiving failing grades for many years, ranking among the lowest in the country for graduation rates, standardized test scores, and other measures of student achievement; but, thanks to Governor Sandoval and the … [Read more...] about School Choice Bill: Congratulations Governor Brian Sandoval & NV Legislators
No one seems to take a stand on political and social issues anymore. They don’t want to make waves or offend anybody. Maybe they’re afraid of being bullied, or in the case of politicians, they’re afraid that speaking out on an issue may alienate some … [Read more...] about Where’s Our Backbone? Speak Up Nevada!