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Inside Politics NOT Fixing Nevada Higher Education – and What Will

First posted on the Ramirez Group blog. In prior posts I have been critical of Chancellor (Boss) Dan Klaich’s leadership of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). Needless to say, powerbrokers in Carson City and Reno were not happy. As a consequence, I was the recipient of requests by guardians of the status quo […]

NSHE: Too Big To Succeed

First published on the Ramirez Group blog. In a prior post, “Chancellor Dan Klaich Dropping The Ball At NSHE,” I outlined a number of reasons detailing why increased oversight of Boss Klaich and the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) should be a top priority of the Nevada Legislature. As if the post was not […]

Chancellor Dan Klaich Dropping The Ball At NSHE

First posted on Ramirez Group’s blog. Last Tuesday the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee heard AB150, which would create the Legislative Bureau of Governmental Oversight, Accountability and Program Evaluation designed to enhance the Nevada Legislature’s ability to oversee the activity of state agencies including the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), particularly during the […]

Strong Support for Nevada Margin Tax, Poll Says (Infographic)

According to a new Public Opinion Strategies poll commissioned by the Retail Association of Nevada, Nevadans strongly support the Education Initiative’s Margin Tax.  I’ve created an infographic that covers 3 of its important data sets (see below). While overall, 58% of Nevadans support the margin tax, there is strong support in all regions of Nevada […]

A Solution for All Nevada’s Problems

Nevada is constantly entrenched in a political battle over state revenue and funding of public programs.  Despite Democratic majorities in both houses of the legislature, Nevada’s Republican governor and a 2/3 majority requirement to raise taxes has kept revenue and funding debates in the realm of hypotheticals and long shots.  The forecast is status quo, […]

The Precarious Situation of Nevada’s ELL Students

(or “Why Nevada is Going to Get Sued for Millions.“) With recent headlines like “Conference attendees say Nevada isn’t doing enough to educate ELL students,” and “GOP lawmaker seeks more state funding for English language learners,” it should come as no surprise that Nevada has an English Language Learner problem in its grade schools. What such […]

Excellence Happens in Vegas

Cross posted from EduShyster’s blog. Keeping an eye on the corporate education agenda. It’s time once again to climb aboard the rephorm express. Today we’re headed west, to Vegas, baby: home to the legendary Strip, the Hoover Dam, and these days, plenty of excellence, Teach for America style. Alas, what happens in Vegas likely won’t […]

Building a Public Education Counter-Movement in the Las Vegas Area

At the K-12 levels, high-quality teachers and well-run schools are essential to student achievement. However, public educators are largely being blamed for struggling students rather than focusing on larger systemic issues such as children in poverty, unsafe neighborhoods and substandard schools which can make it difficult to learn (1). Although there is a lot of focus on education problems by policymakers, […]

Republicans Responsible For Increasing Cost of College

Government backed student loans, the Pell Grant and state-based scholarships have helped millions of students get a college degree, and have helped improve our society by leaps and bounds over the past 60 to 80 years.  Since the 1970s, Republicans have been eroding away at college accessibility and affordability under the name and guise of […]

Threats of Teacher Layoffs & CCSD Spending Down the Money

In reviewing the data . . . it has been determined that the following administrator in the Clark County School District have been ineffective and failed to do the job commensurate with their pay level.  They have not negotiated in good faith.  They have failed to find a suitable and fair remedy for the teachers […]