It’s Friday, February 2nd, Groundhog Day. I am always a bit confused by what it means for Punxsutawney Phil to see his shadow and how that can possibly translate to the length of the winter season.
Does it have something to do with Global Warming?
Regardless, on this day I can’t help but think of the film in which Bill Murray is trapped repeating the same miserable day, over and over, until he gets it right.
Well, here in Nevada we have our own version of Groundhog Day when it comes to the performance of our (government run) public school system.
How long must these children have to be stuck in the same terrible schools, receiving an education that leaves them ill-prepared for success? The sad part is, they can’t do anything about it. They are not the ones who can get it right.
We are. The adults. The citizens of Nevada. The voters.
When will the school district administrations, unions and our elected officials make real change? When will the parents rise up and demand better options for their children?
When the voters put enough pressure on the system — that’s when.
NPRI is here to create that pressure. Pressure, discomfort, guilt in the conscience of those who have the ability to implement change. Conscience over the thousands of opportunities for Nevada children lost, followed by real ideas for school reform.
In the movie, Bill Murray grows tired of waking up every morning to the alarm clock playing Sonny and Cher’s “”. Well, I’m tired of waking up each morning and reading about how the schools in Nevada are terrible.
Let’s not keep repeating the same mistakes. Let’s get it right this time!
In case you missed it…
Tax reform/ global apocalypse
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Civil Asset Forfeiture
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