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!
The Nevada State Government needs to stop throwing good money after bad; and, it should begin now. As business people, we have just a few days to affect our Nevada State Legislators and what they do, and do not, vote for. What do you plan to do? Sit … [Read more...] about The Solution to Education: Do What Works
When we think we’ve seen it all, we get delivered another whammy! Do you remember all the commercials and reasons to defeat the ballot question seeking Nevadan’s approval for a Margin Tax? How can we so soon forget the barrage of commercials and … [Read more...] about Margin Tax Defeated? …Maybe Not
For many people, the New Year is a time to take a look at their lives and make resolutions to improve themselves, their families and their careers. It's a time to set goals and it's a time of the best of intentions. This year, I'd like to take a … [Read more...] about 2015 Wish List: Eliminate Things That Don’t Make Cents
Would you like your child or grandchild to be taught about vaginal intercourse, masturbation and homosexuality in kindergarten? How about a junior high student being instructed about orgasms and anal intercourse? If you think this couldn’t happen in … [Read more...] about Sex Education in Clark County Schools: Let Your Voice Be Heard!