Nevada’s 2015 legislative session was dubbed “the education session” by some people, and there were major changes in our K-12 system. Yet, despite much talk about Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposals, the most significant reform was not one he proposed.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether Gov. Brian Sandoval gets to impose the largest tax increase in state history on Nevadans is going to come down to whether he can induce a handful of lawmakers, who are currently on the fence, to go with him.