In principle, the idea behind the Tax and Spending Control amendment currently proposed for the Nevada Constitution is a good one.
Recent studies suggest that students, teachers, parents and taxpayers are all better off where school districts are smaller in size.
Home school students benefit school districts in the long run by relieving them of the total costs of educating them.
Tax collections are running far ahead of Task Force estimates, while many programs are requiring less money than forecasts suggested.
Education is Nevada's greatest budget priority, comprising nearly 55% of the state's budget. Even though Nevada leads the nation in terms of percentage of money spent on education, results on standardized tests remain near the national average. Such a performance record would put any investor in the private sector out of business. This study outlines three major problem areas - the economies, politics, and accountability of education in Nevada. The author recommends reforms that would improve the level of education in Nevada.
Can money alone cure the problems that ail Nevada's educational institutions?
The current U.S. health care system evolved out of attempts to pander to certain constituencies and to mimic policies of other countries - without understanding those policies' weaknesses.
Nevada strains financially to provide publicly funding education, yet a major proportion of its high school graduates are not ready for college.
The performance of Nevada public schools, as seen through the eyes of parents and employers, is not a pretty picture.