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To say valley parents are starving for school choice is an insult to hunger. Demand for public school alternatives to typical neighborhood campuses is so great, the state is years away from being able to meet it.
Nevada needs another education panel about as much as it needs another wildfire. The state’s flow chart of school commissions and councils, and how they interact with one another, looks like something out of a Sunday “Dilbert” comic strip. Obviously, this bureaucratic maze hasn’t served Nevada students especially well.
English Language Learning, long the heaviest anchor on achievement and graduation rates in Nevada’s public schools, has a higher political profile and higher funding levels than ever before. But will more attention and more money make a difference if schools don’t change the way they teach kids who speak another language at home?
At the intersection of immigration, tax, economic development and education policy is Nevada’s most important issue: English Language Learning in the Clark County School District.
Some good news on the free speech front: Clark County government now has a hands-off approach on protests, demonstrations and political expression.
How do you feel about your tax dollars supporting a contractor with ties to imprisoned polygamist-rapist Warren Jeffs?
Progress in the Nevada Legislature, whatever the cause, is notoriously incremental. Seismic shifts in policy are the rare exception, not the rule.
The 2013 Nevada Legislature wraps up in a couple of days, so it’s time to assess the biggest winners and losers of the session.
The tweet went out just before 8 p.m. Thursday. I had to read it twice.
Secretary of State Ross Miller has sponsored a number of campaign reforms that are in the public interest. Foremost among them are proposals to make candidate financial records more transparent and crack down on candidates and public officers who accept gifts.
Last week, pension reform died in the Nevada Legislature.
I wonder, should I just make this a continuing series?
When will the political conversation in this state focus on saving money instead of swiping more of it?
Setting the financial details aside, the proposal to move the Las Vegas 51s from their dilapidated downtown digs to a sparkling new stadium in Summerlin is just about perfect.
I love it when a politician proves his critics right.
It’s happening again. Not nearly to the degree of the boom years, but if you listen closely, you can hear it.
See Ricki smile. See Ricki play bingo with seniors. See Ricki wear a silly hat. See Ricki hand out Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas trees.
Yesterday was National Freedom of Information Day, marking the end of Sunshine Week, the annual campaign to educate the public about the importance of access to government and public information. It’s a big deal for the press, because our ability to report and investigate the functions of government depends on access to meetings and records.
Kindergarten is one of the biggest issues of the legislative session. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval wants to expand full-day programs into more schools at some expense. The Legislature’s majority Democrats want to expand full-day programs into all Nevada elementary schools at far greater expense.
President Barack Obama feeds America more whoppers than Burger King.
As oxymorons go, “nonpartisan election” ranks right up there with jumbo shrimp and temporary tax hikes.
Jobs are still awfully scarce in Southern Nevada. So it's quite a luxury if an employer is willing to let someone come and go to pursue other ambitions, always able to provide income when it's convenient, even in a bad economy. State Sen. Ruben...
To better understand the state of the state, you have to look outside the state. The Obama administration has made it clear that economic growth is not a policy priority - and even if they decided to move jobs to the front of the queue, ahead of gun...
Last month's senseless school massacre in Connecticut was a seismic political event, rattling every legislative and executive branch office in the country. Those reverberations will have one immediate effect in the Las Vegas Valley: It is now...