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.
Many of the assumptions underlying the budget are inconsistent with both empirical and theoretical evidence.
In recent decades a "Who Gets What" theory of government has come to dominate Nevada, the result being that state government has more and more degenerated into a tool for transferring some people's money into other people's pockets.
A gross receipts tax would create a whole new set of problems for Nevada's businesses and its citizens.
There are many alternatives to burying used fuel from commercial reactors beneath Yucca Mountain.