How Jefferson’s ideal of personal learning was sacrificed to political interest groups

How Jefferson’s ideal of personal learning was sacrificed to political interest groups

Actual learning has always been the Achilles heel of U.S. public education — no matter how many youths get processed through the factory-style education system. Read More

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‘It makes us all look ridiculous’

Did the Clark County School Board 10 years ago abandon its own authority? For a decade, the board has stiff-armed critics of Policy Governance®, the peculiar, trademarked governing model under…

Property-tax conflict enters Nevada governor’s race

LAS VEGAS — Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Montandon on Wednesday called for broad-based reform of Nevada's property-tax system by returning to market-based assessments and scrapping property-tax caps enacted in 2005.…

Flying blind on property taxes

CARSON CITY — For nearly 30 years Nevada tax officials have failed to meet their constitutional requirement to develop and implement regulations ensuring that property-tax assessments are equalized statewide. State…

Long and bitter tax-appeal season expected

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Tax Commissioner and Elko rancher Hank Vogler says the state's property tax system is on a collision course with economic reality that could force state lawmakers…

How to appeal your property-tax bill

LAS VEGAS — Nevada's two-step property-tax assessment and billing system gives unsuspecting property owners no chance to contest their tax bills unless they carefully monitor assessment notices that county assessors…

Why your property taxes rose when the property’s value fell

CARSON CITY — Nevada's plummeting real-estate market has exposed serious flaws with a controversial property-tax-relief law rushed through the state legislature in 2005. State property-tax experts say the deep-rooted problems…

Board of Equalization reschedules hearing

LAS VEGAS — Backing off a threat to issue subpoenas to the state's 17 county assessors — who had indicated they would refuse to attend a Dec. 3 hearing to…

County assessors fight state request to appear

LAS VEGAS — In a sharp rebuke, Nevada's 17 elected county assessors yesterday refused a request by the state Board of Equalization to appear before a board hearing on Dec.…

Nevada’s property tax shaft

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Last July, Nevada Department of Taxation appraiser Shannon Silva sent an e-mail to an Indiana property-tax official desperately seeking guidance on how to apply two common appraisal…