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Teaming up to build effective teaching force

Despite efforts to recruit licensed educators for the 2014-15 school year, the Clark County School District began the year with nearly 700 teaching vacancies. About a month ago, this number remained at more than 600, and the vast majority of classroom vacancies are in schools in low-income communities and those that serve families whose primary language is not English.

EDITORIAL: Poll shows we get government we deserve

We live in amazing times. We have access to an unprecedented amount of technology, which gives us equally unprecedented access to information. We can find out virtually anything we want or need to know, anytime, virtually anywhere we go, and we can share our findings — and our thoughts and opinions about those findings — with countless people, many of whom are doing the same exact thing.

EDITORIAL: The next bubble?

The rising cost of higher education is a crisis, but in more ways than you might think. Yes, ever-higher tuition bills price many students out of a university education. But increasing college costs also compel students to take out ever-higher amounts of taxpayer-backed student loans. And, as Jason Delisle pointed out in a Wednesday Wall Street Journal op-ed, an ever-higher number of those loans will never be fully repaid.

EDITORIAL: More Keystone stonewalling from president

The Keystone XL pipeline appears dead for the duration of Barack Obama’s presidency. After dancing around the topic and delaying any sort of action on the project for years, the president provided a concrete position during his year-end White House news conference on Dec. 19, saying that Keystone XL would provide “not even a nominal benefit” to U.S. consumers.

New Year’s resolution: question junk science

Science has come a long way from the days when we believed the universe revolved around the Earth, lobotomies were the best treatment for depression and germs didn’t exist. But while you probably won’t read any studies of alchemy or bloodletting in respected scientific journals, it doesn’t mean the days of publishing inaccurate and misleading research are behind us. In fact, 2014 was a banner year for the promotion of some pretty dubious and downright silly research.

EDITORIAL: Congress could stand to repeal many laws

John Adams held dear the belief that our nation should possess “a government of laws and not of men.” Mr. Adams shared Aristotle’s belief that “law should govern,” and wrote that “it is the duty of the people, therefore, in framing a constitution of government, to provide for an equitable mode of making laws, as well as for an impartial interpretation and a faithful execution of them; that every man may, at all times, find his security in them.”

EDITORIAL: NSHE-plagiarism issue highlights double-standard

If a student is found to have plagiarized an assignment at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the school’s extensive academic misconduct policy comes into play. The student is given the initial notification of suspicion of plagiarism, followed by a meeting, which can then lead to a formal hearing, followed by a number of possible sanctions if the student is found guilty.

EDITORIAL: Promoting police

Last weekend, New York City police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were ambushed while sitting in their patrol car, executed by a lone shooter. The attack certainly resonated here in Las Vegas, where on June 8, Metro officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo were ambushed and killed by two shooters as they had lunch at a pizza place.