26 Jan 2013

Democratic Lawmakers Announce Education Plan

Plan Will Build a solid foundation for Nevada’s Educational System 

LAS VEGAS, NV – Today Democratic lawmakers from the Assembly and State Senate announced their education plan for “Building a Better Nevada”.   This policy agenda will serve as a blueprint for moving Nevada forward, with the goal an improved education system.

“These proposals are common sense solutions to improving our schools in the short term while also creating policies that will have a lasting impact on our educational system.  Our teachers, parents and most importantly our children cannot wait another year to have smaller class sizes” said Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis.

Their education agenda for the 2013 session includes: Pre-K for at-risk students, full day kindergarten in all schools for all students, class size reduction, ending social promotion by 3rd grade and changing the K-12 funding formula.

“A pay-to-play program is unfair to the kids in our state.  All students in Nevada deserve a fair shot at Kindergarten and great education should not just be for the kids who can afford it.  Early education translates to a strong workforce, better jobs and a community we can all be proud of ” stated Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

Leaders of the Democratic Assembly and Senate caucuses will announce a series of policies & ideas during session under the banner “Building a Better Nevada.”

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4 Responses to Democratic Lawmakers Announce Education Plan
  1. It’s about time. I would also like to see, as a recently retired teacher, that standardized tests and their scores be less emphasized. Their use is nothing but a ploy to put taxpayer moneys in private pockets.

  2. As a recently retired high school English teacher who has taught classes at every ability level, I have quite a bit of insight into what is necessary to help students succeed. However, I just don’t see the legislators talking to anyone at my level about how to help our system. My husband is a highly respected retired CCSD administrator who currently is working as a consultant. I don’t see anyone talking to people like him, who are a tremendous resource that is going untapped. I beg the legislature to get more information from people in the trenches before they make decisions with which we will all have to live for a long time.

  3. I am a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker who once held a teaching credential for grades K through 14. After briefly serving in the school system, I opted for “teaching the abc’s of emotional growth”. I would like to say that we (human services/teaching professionals) know a lot about what works to successfully deal with societal problems. The one area I would like to emphasize here is that much research has shown that it is significantly better in terms of cost effectiveness, individual health (both physical and mental) the basic skills foundation (reading, writing, math and basic socially acceptable behavior) and to spend our tax dollars at the beginning of life, schooling, social programs to PREVENT failures in all those arenas rather than spending to locate and remediate those failures. Meaning the cost effectiveness of all remedial and safety net services, catching, convicting and jailing criminals, delinquents, diagnosing and treating illness, disabilities, etc. So, in my opinion setting priorities to first solving the Education funding formulas and then to set up the priorities for where to allocate the funds appropriately at the front end to graduate children fully ready to assume a productive role in society.

  4. Stanley Goldfarb February 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Fixes at the level described will not “Build a better Nevada”.
    The most important goal must be to convince the populace that education is vital to their state’s future and that their own selfish interests are tied closely to Nevada’s. Along with that, people’s attitude toward educators and education itself must undergo a drastic realignment. As long as teachers are looked down upon, public education is viewed as a government boondoggle and the media continues to belittle education and insists that “elite” is a dirty word, the atmosphere will remain poisonous and render piecemeal efforts at improvement futile.

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