State of Nevada Archives: on Education

Adam Laxalt: Empower parents with school choice & charters

I believe that education is the civil rights issue of this time. Too many kids are never given a chance to succeed because they're stuck in schools that are failing them. My vision for education includes four main components:
  1. Strengthening our public education system by making sure it is properly funded
  2. Empowering parents with school choices: charters, career and technical education
  3. Developing our in-state teacher talent by providing incentives
  4. Demanding more accountability.
Source: 2018 Nevada Gubernatorial website Nov 7, 2017

Jared Fisher: Local control is key to education reform

I support local control in schools that will allow principals, teachers, parents and students to shape their curriculum and overall goals to fit their specific needs. A one-size-fits-all education plan does not work in a state as diverse as Nevada. We need education professionals to craft curriculums that will help the unique challenges faced by students in their local counties.
Source: 2018 Nevada Gubernatorial website Aug 31, 2017

Steve Sisolak: Against tax dollars diverted to private schools

Steve is himself a product of public schools, and his own daughters attended Nevada public high schools. As Governor, he will restore funding to at least pre-recession levels and prioritize class size reduction. And Steve will always fight against the diversion of funding from public schools into private schools.
Source: 2018 Nevada Governor website Aug 17, 2017

Brian Sandoval: $115 million in new investments for higher education

By 2025, roughly 60% of all jobs in Nevada will require some form of post-secondary degree or other credential. Today, only 30% of Nevadans between the ages of 25 and 34 have completed some level of post-secondary education.

My vision for our state is to put all Nevadans, regardless of age or circumstance, on a career pathway toward success. We can make that vision a reality by investing in higher education, closing the college attainment gap, expanding dual enrollment & growing career opportunities.

While many of these programs have been available for some, they are not yet accessible to all, due to financial barriers or other factors. My workforce agenda proposes removing those barriers, so that every student, in every classroom, has every opportunity to succeed. Our effort to prepare a modern workforce begins with our post-secondary institutions. My budget includes an increase of $115 million in new investments for higher education.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 17, 2017

Jacky Rosen: Lower interest rates on student debt

Jacky supports making higher education more affordable, whether that be advanced skills-training, apprenticeship programs, community college, or a college degree. She'll work to lower interest rates on student debt, make tuition affordable for working families, and ensure that students have access to the education that will prepare them for the jobs of the future.
Source: 2016 Nevada House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Ruben Kihuen: Don't divert funding to private schools through vouchers

As a young immigrant, the education I received from the Clark County School District is the reason I am here today. I deeply believe in public education and believe we have an obligation to ensure all students, regardless of the color of their skin or the income of their parents, receive a top-notch education.

In the 2015 legislative session, I helped lead the way toward a solution to fully-fund K-12 education in Nevada by passing the largest investment in our state's history. I fought to include funding for full day kindergarten, English language learner programs and zoom schools.

Source: 2016 Nevada House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Ruben Kihuen: Let students borrow money near 0% interest, like big banks

It's time we make debt-free college a national priority and ensure the next generation can lead our economy forward free of the burden of tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt.
Source: 2016 Nevada House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Brian Sandoval: Supports Education Savings Accounts and school choice

Catherine Cortez Masto came out against her state's school choice law, which creates Education Savings Accounts that allows families to use public education funds to send their children to private or parochial schools. Asked about how to help children stuck in low-performing schools, she said she supports investments like the tax package backed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and approved last year.

Sandoval is a major supporter of the Education Savings Accounts. "I strongly support school choice," he said in a statement. Lawsuits holding up the program "potentially deprive parents of the opportunity to determine the educational future of their children."

Nevada's school choice law is a national leader in the options it provides for students. Parents can have 90% of the funds that would have been spent on their child in their public school deposited into a restricted-use spending account for private-school tuition [and other educational expenses].

Source: Washington Free Beacon on 2016 Nevada Senate race Aug 11, 2016

Catherine Cortez Masto: Opposes Education Savings Accounts and school choice

Nevada Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto, who has received the maximum legal contributions from the nation's two largest teachers' unions, came out against her state's school choice law. Masto told reporters that she opposes the law, which creates Education Savings Accounts, which allows families to use public education funds to send their children to private or parochial schools.

The announcement came after the political action committees of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers each donated $10,000 to Masto's campaign, the maximum legal amount. Teachers unions vehemently oppose school choice, as it redirects tax dollars to schools whose teachers are less likely to be unionized.

Cortez Masto says the program takes money away from public schools. Asked about how to help children stuck in low-performing schools, she said she supports investments like the tax package backed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and approved last year.

Source: Washington Free Beacon on 2016 Nevada Senate race Aug 11, 2016

Brian Sandoval: Business tax credit for opportunity scholarship contribution

I will continue to fight for more school choice. Many students attend schools that are not meeting their needs. We owe them and their parents additional choice as well as individualized instruction.

I will introduce an opportunity scholarship bill giving businesses a tax credit for making contributions to a scholarship fund. These dollars will be distributed, on a means-tested basis, to students at low-performing schools for use in attending the school of their choice.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Brian Sandoval: $20M so every Nevada child can read by Grade Three

To advance the cause of students we must now turn our eye to the classroom. I continue to believe that literacy is the key to long-term success. And so tonight I again ask you to take the necessary steps to ensure that every Nevada child can read by Grade Three. If children cannot read by third grade, their chances of graduating from high school become remote.

For pre-Three students, I will propose increased funding for early education in the state's most at risk schools. My budget therefore includes an aggressive expansion of all-day kindergarten among the state's most at-risk schools.

Twenty million dollars is allocated over the biennium for this purpose. This means that by 2015, almost half of our elementary schools would have an all-day kindergarten option. If we expect children to read by Three, we cannot continue to ignore all of the data that tells us all-day kindergarten is a critical foundation for a child's success.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Brian Sandoval: Proposes JAG specialists: Jobs for America's Graduates

One of the most successful programs in the country today is Teach for America--a unique corps of brilliant young leaders from America's top universities, who give their time and talent as teachers in schools that need them most. These teachers help spur innovation and creativity in instruction that makes the entire system better. But we can do more. I am proposing a new investment in Teach for America to help recruit, train, develop, and place top teacher and leadership talent in Nevada.

I am also asking that Nevada make a firm commitment to another national program with proven results. In the last year, I used available funding to pilot the Jobs for America's Graduates initiative in seven Nevada schools. JAG helps prevent dropouts by putting a specialist in the school to work with the most at-risk students. The work continues even after the students graduate, and transitions students from high school to college or a career. It works in over 30 states and it has worked here.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Brian Sandoval: Improve education performance measurements

Nevada is diligently working to improve accountability systems and measures throughout the K-12 system and this [new] policy academy will enable us to expand that work through the higher education realm.

Nevada has been selected to participate in a policy academy on strengthening post-secondary accountability systems by focusing on efficiency and effectiveness metrics in their accountability systems and incorporating those metrics into their decision making processes.

Source: Nevada 2011 gubernatorial press release, #4294972467 Oct 17, 2011

Brian Sandoval: Enhance education data systems in Nevada

The [new] council will help coordinate education efforts in Nevada from the preschool through postsecondary levels and has the authority to address the data information system for public school students.

The education initiatives will enhance the quality of instruction and improve student achievement. The effective use of high-quality education data is integral to the success of these reforms and establishing an effective education data system requires cooperation of all constituents.

Source: Nevada 2011 gubernatorial press release, #4294972273 Oct 7, 2011

Brian Sandoval: Yes to charter schools statewide

Nevada is now one of only eight states to have a statewide authorizing agency focused on building high quality charter schools.

To more fully integrate charter schools into the Nevada education system, SB 212 eliminates the current governing board for charter schools, which is a subcommittee of the State Board of Education and transfers the responsibility for authorizing and overseeing high-quality charter schools in Nevada to the Charter School Authority.

Source: Nevada 2011 gubernatorial press release, #4294971879 Aug 1, 2011

Jim Gibbons: Empower local school boards and parents

In early January I unveiled the Gibbons Education Reform plan. My plan calls for parents, teachers and communities to be responsible for their local schools and in control of their children's education. Bureaucrats and politicians in Washington, D.C. and Carson City, whose ideas of education reform start and end with writing a blank check, have no business dictating how your child is educated. We need to empower local school boards and parents to make decisions which are right for their children.
Source: Nevada 2010 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2010

Jim Gibbons: End cookie-cutter approach & end union influence

The cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all approach to public education has had its time and proven that it doesn't work anymore. What works in Las Vegas, may not work in Winnemucca or Tonopah.

23% of our public schools are failing. I WILL NOT accept that. If 142 of our schools are not making the grade, what we are doing doesn't work. Throwing more money at this system won't change anything. Continuing to allow unions to dictate Nevada's education policy doesn't work. We need true reform.

Source: Nevada 2010 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2010

Bill Richardson: Create science and math academies with 100,000 new teachers

The key to a good education is a strong teacher. One of the problems we have in this country is we disrespect teachers. We underpay them. I would have a minimum wage for all teachers starting out at $40,000 per year. We need to be bolder with No Child Left Behind. I would junk it. This is a disaster. Itís got to go. I would have preschool for every child. I would have full-day kindergarten. The US is 29th in science, to the European Union, to Japan. We need to have science and math academies. Hire 100,000 science and math teachers. Have art in the schools. We need also to have a college education policy that deals with these huge loans that are killing our college students. What I would do is in exchange for two years of tuition, government pays tuition, one year of national service to this country. Those are the kind of creative solutions we want in this country.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Chris Dodd: Merit pay for poor areas ok; not for better neighborhoods

If you define excelling by teachers who will go into rural or poor urban areas and make a difference, mentor children after school, put in extra time to make a difference, then that sort of merit pay has value. If youíre judging excelling by determining whether or not that teacher has students who do better because theyíre in better neighborhoods or better schools, Iím totally opposed to that. Every other issue we grapple with depends upon our ability to have the best-educated generation weíve ever produced. We need to have far more cooperation at the national level. We spend less than 5% of the national budget on elementary and secondary education. That is deplorable. Itís basically Title I. We need to fundamentally reform No Child Left Behind. No Child Left Behind is a disaster for most schools and most teachers. I started the Childrenís Caucus, 26 years ago, with Arlen Specter. I wrote the legislation dealing with after-school programs, infant screening, autism issues, as well.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Get more teachers into hard-to-serve areas

I support school-based merit pay. We need to get more teachers to go into hard-to-serve areas. Weíve got to get them into underserved urban areas, underserved rural areas. The school is a team, and itís important that we reward that collaboration. A child who moves from kindergarten to sixth grade in the same school, every one of those teachers is going to affect that child. You need to weed out the teachers not doing a good job. Thatís the bottom line. They should not be teaching our children.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Joe Biden: Laid out a $30 billion plan over five years for education

An excellent teacher should be judged by whether or not that teacher outside of the classroom improves themselves and their teaching skills. My wife got two masterís degrees and a doctorate degree. Thatís merit pay. She went out and she gathered this additional knowledge, not just being a good teacher. Hereís the problem with simple merit pay, based on the principle. Who makes the decision, based on merit pay? There should be teaching excellence. We should demand more of our teachers in continuing education and participation after school and in school. But youíve got to pay them. The idea you start teachers at $28,000, in most states, where, in the countries weíre competing with, they start off and they graduate their graduating seniors are getting the same pay that engineers are getting in those same schools. Iíve laid out a $30 billion plan over five years to 16 years of education is what our kids need. They need to start two years earlier and be guaranteed two years after school.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Joe Biden: NCLB needs more resources, but also is fundamentally flawed

Q: What do you plan to do about No Child Left Behind? Do you believe that this issue is simply one of never having provided the resources to carry out the original mission of the program or are there other fundamental flaws inherent in a program with so much emphasis on teaching to the test?

A: Both. I sleep with a teacher every night -- my wife. She taught high school -- had three remedial classes and two advanced classes. Those kids in the remedial class went from sixth grade to 10th grade, and they were still penalized. Those kids in the advanced class, she didnít have to do a thing with. They passed the test. There is something fundamentally wrong with it. And weíve underfunded it by about $70 billion. We know the problem:

  1. Classrooms are too big; we need smaller classrooms, period.
  2. A lot of teachers are going to be retiring. We need a program where we attract the best and brightest students coming out of our colleges to be teachers, and pay them.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Mike Gravel: US schools fail because weíre yoked by military

Stop and think [about American ] education -- itís a joke. Thirty percent of American children do not graduate from high school. Thatís an embarrassment. How is it that Finland, Sweden, Denmark, can take a child from down here all the way up to PhD, and everythingís paid for by the government? Why canít we do that? Is something wrong with us? Weíre too busy carrying the yoke of the military-industrial complex, thatís whatís going on. We Americans have been drugged with fear, and we got to stop!
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Mark Amodei: Support national standards and testing

Source: Nevada Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Kenny Guinn: $23M for new teacherís college at Henderson

We must address our growing teacher shortage. I endorse the proposed state college in Henderson. This new institution will enable us to train more teachers than ever before. My budget includes $16 million for capital construction, $1 million in start-up costs, and another $5.8 million to fund the first yearís enrollment, because building a new college takes vision, patience, and financial resources. The state college in Henderson will go a long way toward producing Nevada teachers for Nevada children.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to the Nevada Legislature Jan 22, 2001

Kenny Guinn: $10M for reading teachers; all kids read by 3rd grade

As many of you know, twenty-five years ago I was superintendent of Clark County schools. I am proud of many of the programs we implemented. However, I always considered my greatest accomplishment to be the placement of a reading specialist in every elementary school. Before it was popular to talk about getting back to the basics, these reading teachers knew that there was nothing more basic or important than the ability to read. We saw tremendous results with the program, and in fact, the reading improvement teachers are still in our schools today.

Tonight, I am going back to the basics just as I did when I was Superintendent. I am establishing a new statewide goal -- that all Nevada children be able to read by the end of the third grade. To start us toward this goal, I am allocating $10 million for a teacher-training program that focuses on reading techniques that have proven successful in early grades.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to the Nevada Legislature Jan 22, 2001

John Ensign: Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers

We owe it to our children to look for new ways to provide parental choice in schooling and allow our schools to flourish by getting them out from under frustrating federal mandates.
Source: Sep 27, 2000

Kenny Guinn: Support charters & private investment in public schools

Source: 1998 Nevada Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Kenny Guinn: Sex ed should stress abstinence but also safe sex

Source: 1998 Nevada Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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