First glimpse of eligibility requirements for ESA program released

Treasurer suggests way for private and homeschooled students to participate

June 30, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

Editor's note: The Treasurer's office released the following initial guidelines on the state's new Education Savings Accounts (ESA) program. The guidelines offer the first glimpse at eligibility requirements for current private and homeschooled students. The Nevada Policy Research Institute will continue to help parents and schools understand ESAs and answer any questions they have.   

Reforms were stripped out before session's end

Promises to tie spending to reforms and accountability proven false

June 24, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

To sell his $1.4 billion tax increase to Republicans in the Assembly and to the general public, Gov. Brian Sandoval promised that unprecedented levels of state spending would be accompanied by reforms and accountability.

During the session, the Nevada Policy Research Institute and courageous lawmakers, like Assemblyman Ira Hansen, asked the obvious question, “Where is the accountability for the money, especially the decades of education-funding increases that we’re already spending?”

How Nevada can finally fix its failing schools

June 18, 2015

The following is the essay submitted by Ryan Everson as part of his application for the Professor R.S. Nigam & NPRI Freedom Scholarship. Ryan, who will attend Arizona State University this fall, received the scholarship for his outstanding argument for school choice, as well as his many academic and community achievements. To learn more about Ryan and the annual scholarship, please click here.

NPRI announces 2015 scholarship winner

June 15, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Policy Research Institute today announced that Ryan Everson, a recent graduate of Coronado High School, is the latest recipient of the Professor R.S. Nigam & NPRI Freedom Scholarship.

Chance for Nevada teachers to get a raise is here

Union opt-out period is from July 1-15

June 3, 2015

In a matter of weeks, Nevada teachers will get an opportunity that comes but once a year and is a secret to many of them.

From July 1 to July 15, teachers may take a step to increase their annual pay by hundreds of dollars a year and gain more freedom in their careers. The best part? It takes just moments for them to do this.

Learning the minimum wage lesson

Nevada doesn't have to learn the hard way when it comes to raising the minimum wage

June 3, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

It’s always nice when we can learn from someone else’s mistakes before they become our own.

Seattle didn’t have this luxury when its city council voted last year to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, making it the municipality with the highest minimum wage in the country.

NPRI hails creation of Education Savings Accounts, vows to help parents learn how to use program

June 2, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Policy Research Institute praised Gov. Brian Sandoval today for signing Senate Bill 302 — establishing the nation’s most inclusive and comprehensive school choice program in the nation — and announced plans to launch an educational campaign to inform parents about the new program’s existence and teach them how to use it.

Education establishment already setting up the next $1.5 billion tax increase

More education spending is never enough

May 29, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Tomorrow, Saturday at 9 a.m., the Assembly is scheduled to have a hearing on the amended AB464, which is Sandoval’s plan to increase the modified business tax and business license fee and create a gross-receipts tax. Citizens wanting to express their outrage that Sandoval would propose a modified version of the just-defeated margin tax can do so on Saturday at the capitol building in Carson City or at the Grant Sawyer Building, 555 East Washington Ave., in downtown Las Vegas.

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