Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
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District-Sponsored Charter Schools in Nevada

While there are pockets of success, Nevada’s educational landscape is characterized largely by dismal outcomes. Among the successes are some of the State Public School Charter Authority (SPSCA)-sponsored charter schools. An analysis of recent accountability data indicates that state-sponsored (SPSCA) charter schools have higher star ratings, on average, than traditional district public schools. However, there is… Read more

Property Taxes and K-12 Financing in Nevada

Property tax is one of the most significant sources of K-12 education financing within states. With resource adequacy a question before Nevada lawmakers in the 80th (2019) Legislative Session, this policy brief evaluates the relationship between property taxes and K-12 financing in the State. For full report, click here.  For related infographics, click here. 

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


Property Taxes & K-12 Financing in Nevada

Property tax is one of the most significant sources of K-12 education financing within states. In Nevada, property taxes supply budgetary support for local governments, such as school districts. While local jurisdictions have some discretion in setting property tax rates, there are legal constraints on rate setting for school districts. In particular, Nevada law requires that… Read more

It’s Getting Hot in Here…

This week, southern Nevada residents are bracing for another excessive heat wave. Around the Silver State, air conditioning companies and their heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians are in high demand during the hot summer months. Both nationally and around the state, HVACR technicians are in high demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated,… Read more

Upcoming Events

Breakfast Brainstorm: K-12 Funding in Nevada

March 2019


Dine & Dialogue Dinner: Education Funding & Equity

March 2019


Social Determinants of Health Workshop

April 2019


The Science and Policy of Smart Growth in a Time of Water Scarcity

Co-sponsored with Desert Research Institute

June 2019

Latest Blog Posts

Nevada Legislature: Wk 3 (2/18-2/22)

Please note that as of March 1, our weekly legislative updates will become an exclusive benefit of Guinn Center membership. Visit here to learn more about our membership options.  The Guinn Center for Policy Priorities reports weekly on the 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature, summarizing major legislative developments from the previous week and discussing the… Read more

Guinn Center Follows the 80th Legislative Session

Introduction The Guinn Center for Policy Priorities will be publishing regularly a “Legislative Update” to help inform residents of Nevada about activities and actions during the 2019 80th session of the Nevada Legislature. In our nonpartisan manner, we will (1) summarize committee hearings and actions and recap floor actions in both houses; (2) provide an… Read more

A Peek Behind the K-12 Education Finance Curtain

by Kenneth J. Retzl, Ph.D. Once the upcoming legislative session is over, we may look back on the month of January 2019 as predictive of the future of K-12 education funding in Nevada. On Tuesday, January 8th, Communities in Schools hosted an Education Summit that included a major education finance revelation: the legislature is considering… Read more


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