The most current fiscal projections indicate Nevada’s financial health is in serious jeopardy. With projections indicating Fiscal Year 2021 is roughly $1.2 billion shy of what the legislatively-approved budget requires, it is clear that government finances are in desperate need of cuts, innovation and clear policy guidance moving forward. And… Read More
While school boards are asking for more money to build schools, repair current structures and increase teachers' salaries, opportunities to save money are being overlooked. Contracting out, or the subcontracting of services that are needed to keep a school system running, are not usually considered in cost-reducing efforts. School boards are often faced with "make or buy" decisions, such as whether to hire school bus drivers or employ a private transportation company. In public education, the usefulness and importance of these decisions is often ignored by school boards and administrators.
On January 2, 1995, Nevada Policy Research Institute released a ten year statistical study on how education funds were spent. The study, two years in the making, revealed a major shift from instruction to administration, teacher's benefits, and loan interest payments creating an education gap of over $80,000,000 since 1982.
At present, there are an estimated five to ten million youth identified as "at risk" in our country: children at risk of dropping out of school; of using, abusing or selling drugs; of getting pregnant of causing pregnancy; of contracting AIDS or other life-threatening communicable disease; or of living on the edge of homelessness and hopelessness from family strife or disability.