Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni. Courtesy Nevada Museum of Art and Art Production Fund

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Federal Revenue Streams in Nevada

Nevada’s 2017-2019 biennium budget amounts to approximately $26.2 billion. Federal funds account for more than one-third  (34.3 percent) of all revenues in the biennium budget. Federal revenues also flow into Nevada’s non-profits and local and county governments. This policy brief summarizes federal revenue streams in Nevada in recent years. For our recent presentation at the… Read more

Fiscal Policy

In 2017, the U.S. Congress took action to amend the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), or modify certain existing federal income tax provisions as they pertain to individuals and businesses. The bill is known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This policy brief highlights major provisions in the congressional TCJA proposal as they relate… Read more

Medicaid Funding in Nevada

Medicaid Funding in Nevada The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017, on May 4, 2017, and the U.S. Senate released a discussion draft for its version of the bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017, on June 22, 2017; both bills seek to roll… Read more


Demographics, Enrollment, & Performance Metrics at K-12 Schools in Nevada

In this photo essay, we compared enrollment, demographics, and performance metrics across traditional—i.e., non-virtual—state-sponsored public charter schools, district-sponsored public charter schools, and district public schools, as well as virtual state-sponsored public charter schools and virtual district public schools. Click here for a .pdf version of the photo essay: Demographics, Enrollment & Performance Metrics in Nevada’s K-12… Read more

CCSD Turnaround Zone: An Overview of Outcomes

The Guinn Center examined data from CCSD’s Turnaround Zone, the only intervention currently in place for underperforming schools in the district. While acknowledging that the Turnaround Zone includes underperforming schools, data suggests that Turnaround Zone has not significantly changed the academic trajectories of the district’s worst performing schools. A review of district data suggests that despite… Read more

Per pupil funding at Clark County School District

Clark County School District (CCSD) has announced that it faces a budget shortfall of $60 million.  In a recent memo, CCSD wrote, “Over the past few years, the revenue increases we have received from the state, from county property taxes and from the sales tax have not allowed us to keep up with our rising… Read more

Upcoming Events


Join us again as the Guinn Center hosts a public forum for candidates running for Nevada’s education boards. We’ll find out what they think about governance, education funding, and student success.

When: May 23, 2018 in Las Vegas | Reno TBD

Time: 6pm in Las Vegas | Reno TBD

Where: The Public Education Foundation in Las Vegas | Reno TBD

Co-sponsors: Honoring Our Public Education (HOPE) and Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce Mujeres Group


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Latest Blog Posts

Silver State Strategies – Making Housing Affordable in Nevada

-by Tony S. Foresta The Nevada Legislative Committee to Study Issues Regarding Affordable Housing held its third meeting of the 2017-2018 Interim on May 15, 2018. The Committee was established to discuss existing challenges and potential solutions related to affordable housing in Nevada. The Committee “…is required to conduct a study….and submit a report of… Read more

The Cost of School Safety…. and the Opportunity Costs

Earlier this month, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed Executive Order 2018-5, which established the Statewide School Safety Task Force. The Task Force, comprised of superintendents, parents, students, behavioral health specialists, and others, will recommend a series of school safety initiatives for inclusion in Governor Sandoval’s final state budget that will be drafted this summer. Many… Read more

Strengthening Community Policing Through Data?

Strengthening Community Policing Through Data? Last month, officers from the Sacramento Police Department shot and killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed young adult African-American male in his grandmother’s backyard “during a vandalism investigation.” This incident marks another in a series of officer-involved shootings and incidents of police brutality in predominantly minority communities that “have exposed rifts in… Read more


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