The Clark County School Board took a prudent step toward addressing the district’s ongoing licensed teacher shortage by expanding its partnership with Teach for America.
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The state’s education leaders are celebrating a federal grant that will allow five school districts to expand pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds. They’re sold on the idea that the earlier a child begins school, the better the child will fare in elementary grades and beyond. As reported last week by the Review-Journal’s Trevon Milliard, the state will receive $6.4 million as part of a four-year award that could exceed $43 million.
That Congress might once again pursue legislation to legalize interstate Internet poker is a good thing. That Congress is expected to do so as part of a broader ban on all other forms of Internet gambling is disappointing.
Sometimes, the perfect can’t be the enemy of the good. Although there was much to abhor about the defense funding bill that finally cleared Congress last week — Washington’s sausage factory was in rare form this month — the legislation delivered several land provisions of such importance to Nevada that the policy monstrosity should be celebrated across the Silver State.
If the viability of your argument depends on having no one hear it, you don’t have much of an argument in the first place.
Before Obamacare was signed into law in March 2010, the overwhelming majority of Americans had health insurance, and most of them were satisfied, if not very satisfied, with their coverage. One staple of that coverage: being able to see a physician at a private practice.
Today is Bill of Rights Day. The observation, first ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941, commemorates Dec. 15, 1791, when the first 10 amendments to our Constitution — known as the Bill of Rights — took effect. President Roosevelt ordered the recognition because he saw the Bill of Rights as “the great American charter of personal liberty.” And it’s not difficult to see why.
To call a new Tax Foundation study of Nevada’s revenue structure a starting point for tax reform discussions wouldn’t be accurate. Over the years, the state has seen too many tax studies to count, all of which have been considered by the Nevada Legislature to varying degrees, then thrown into desk drawers and onto top shelves to collect dust. Lawmakers and state leaders have talked and talked about tax reform for decades and done nothing to address core flaws in the way Nevada funds state government.
It was a move straight from the textbook on political crisis management. When a disaster of incompetence or nonperformance emerges, an elected executive appoints a task force, or a blue ribbon commission, or a select panel, or any group of people willing to address the outrage. Said task force then takes forever to produce a report that makes a nice paperweight come Christmastime, and nothing improves.
Before Wednesday, it was hard to measure the fiscal cost of the Culinary union’s reckless and economically harmful political stunts.
The necessary ouster of Sparks Assemblyman Ira Hansen as speaker-designate, and the sensible appointment last week of Las Vegas Assemblyman John Hambrick to replace him, resulted in a historic shift in legislative power.
Congress is quite adept at protecting its self-interest while ignoring the public’s interest, but this week offered a glimmer of hope that lawmakers still care about good governance and accountability. On Monday, the Senate unanimously passed the Freedom of Information Act Improvement Act, a bill critical to changing the federal government’s culture of resistance to openness.
There has been no shortage of media coverage, outrage and commentary on the death of Eric Garner in New York City. That narrative has focused overwhelmingly on race (Mr. Garner was black, the officers were white), on the way police took him down in July, and on the grand jury’s decision last week to not indict the officer who had Mr. Garner in a chokehold.
The Internet might be the last truly free part of the U.S. economy, and the lack of government interference has led to transformative innovation, ferocious competition, waves of job creation and favorable costs for consumers.
Think about every state government entity and public agency calling for additional taxes and fees, then prioritize their needs. What can you live without?
Back in February, President Barack Obama said the apparent targeting of conservative organizations by the IRS was not illegal or politically motivated, but rather the result of “some bone-headed decisions,” and that “not even a smidgen of corruption” was at play. A few months — and developments — later, however, the president’s words are even less believable than they were then.
Right now, Nevada stands on the cutting edge of the drone industry. A drone program at Creech Air Force Base employs 250 pilots and crew members, and in June, Nevada was designated as one of just six states that the Federal Aviation Administration approved to host drone testing. This fall, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas launched a drone studies minor program, and the University of Nevada, Reno started its drone minor last January.
The public school system in Nevada, and particularly in Clark County, has many needs that will ultimately require funding, most notably capital funds to address the dire necessity for more campuses and to maintain and repair buildings on existing campuses. But with regard to poor-performing schools, it’s been shown time and time again that without accountability, throwing money at those schools doesn’t solve the problem.
It’s bad enough when federal judges, federal court administrators and federal prosecutors work together to block press and public access to the justice system. But when defense attorneys come after the media, it’s evidence of systemic hostility to open government.
To build a 21st-century economy, Nevada needs 21st-century companies. But a District Court judge’s embrace of a decidedly 20th-century regulatory structure has chased off one of the country’s most popular high-tech businesses — and denied hundreds of residents the jobs it supports.
According to a new report by the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Personnel Management improperly tracked the amount of time federal employees spent working for their labor unions at taxpayer expense in 2013.
Do you remember when the Obama administration released its spring regulatory agenda right before Memorial Day? You don’t? Why not? Were you out of town or getting ready for a cookout or something?
Municipal governments in Nevada have nothing to do with education. Cities have no role in funding schools, no role in governing schools and no role in setting education policy. That has always bothered plenty of elected city council members over the years, because platitudes about schools help candidates win low-turnout municipal elections.
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