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The 2020 Census: Challenges for Nevada

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by Sam Lair The summer news cycle has been dominated largely by debate surrounding the 2020 Census. The issue began last year when United States (U.S.) Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that the 2020 Census would include a citizenship question. Throughout the public debate, the Trump Administration has maintained that “it wants to… Read more

The Housing-Education Nexus

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by Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D. In recent years, Nevada, under Governor Brian Sandoval, invested heavily in our state’s elementary and secondary schools. Unfortunately, despite the historic investment of resources, supported by our taxpayers, Nevada’s K-12 education system continues to rank at the bottom in many national rankings, such as chance for success in one’s future… Read more

Nevada’s May 2019 Economic Forum

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by Meredith A. Levine What Is the Economic Forum? The Economic Forum is a state-mandated panel that convenes periodically to submit revenue projections for the General Fund—Nevada’s major operating fund—to the Governor and the Legislature. It is a five-member committee drawn from the private sector, with three members selected by the Governor and one nominated… Read more

Study Finds Nevada is a Challenging Place for Millennials

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by Samuel T. Lair Recently, WalletHub published a study of 2019’s Best & Worst States for Millennials, a ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine the most livable states for Millennials, defined as “individuals who were born between 1981 and 1997.” The study evaluated each area through 36 metrics, grouped… Read more

Educational Policy Research: An Opportunity to Connect Research and Policy?

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by Kenneth J. Retzl, Ph.D. The annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), which took place April 5-9, is considered one of the major academic conferences for educational research, attended by educational practitioners and scholars from school districts, community colleges, and universities to discuss their latest research. While the Guinn Center presented a… Read more

Nevada’s Virtual Charter Schools

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by Kenneth J. Retzl, Ph.D. Recently, the Guinn Center released a policy report analyzing the academic performance of Nevada’s virtual charter schools. The Guinn Center’s report concludes that Nevada’s virtual charter schools are never the lowest performing schools in the state; however, in nearly all measures, these schools perform below the statewide average. This blog… Read more

Procedural Reforms for Federal Grant Awards in Nevada’s 80th Legislative Session

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by Meredith A. Levine Download this blog as pdf here: Guinn Center_Federal Grant Reforms in NV The U.S. government annually distributes hundreds of billions of dollars in grants to state and local governments, non-profits, educational institutions, individuals, and more. Federal grant money supports programs and services in such areas as health care, transportation, income security, education,… Read more

CCSD’s Proposed Strategic Plan: Data, Strategies, and the Need for More Resources?

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) will discuss, and possibly seek approval of its new 5-year strategic plan at the Board of Trustees’ meeting on February 28, 2019. When compared to the previous strategic plan under Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, the proposed plan is more substantial in both length and detail. The previous plan included six… Read more

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

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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

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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