Guinn Center Blog

The Federal Government and Marijuana LegalizationRead More

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February 28th, 2017 -

The federal government is planning to look into state laws that allow for marijuana use for non-medial purposes, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a press conference last week. Meanwhile, Nevada is moving ahead with its rollout of its legalized marijuana program, with sales set to begin on July 1, 2017. Marijuana was…

Funding and Student Enrollment and Graduation Remain Low at NSHE InstitutionsRead More

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October 26th, 2016 -

Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Chancellor John V. White recently presented a report to the Board of Regents and the public on the state of higher education in Nevada. The report, which compared Nevada to states with similar population sizes (i.e., Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, and Utah), highlighted the struggles NSHE schools have faced in…

The Costs of the Nevada Juvenile Court System on Youths and their FamiliesRead More

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September 15th, 2016 -

Recent reporting by the Guinn Center has highlighted studies on the effects of the criminal justice system on families and women in Nevada. This blog explores a new report from the Juvenile Law Center, “Debtor’s Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System,” an analysis of the juvenile…

Well, Well, Well: The Debate over Water Allocation in Pahrump ValleyRead More

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September 6th, 2016 -

As the wildfires that engulfed thousands of acres across the Southwest this summer are dying down, a different type of fire is consuming the members of Legislative Commission’s Subcommittee to Study Water and the Nevada State Engineer for the Division of Water Resources, Jason King. On August 26, hundreds of Nye County residents gathered at…

New Study Sheds Light on Challenges for Women Behind BarsRead More

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August 31st, 2016 -

The number of women behind bars in the United States has grown to nearly 110,000—fourteen times the size of the population of women in jails and prisons forty years ago, says a new study from the Vera Institute of Justice, an organization that examines the country’s criminal justice system. The growth rate for women behind…

What Could a Voter ID Law Mean for Nevadans?Read More

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August 23rd, 2016 -

  Between now and November 2016, a statewide initiative petition to amend an existing Nevada statute is being circulated among Nevada voters to change the identification requirements for voters at the polls. The petition, known as The Initiative to Require Voter ID, or the Voter ID Act, seeks to amend Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 293.277….

Economic Recovery Leaves Non-College Educated Workforce BehindRead More

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July 13th, 2016 -

More than 99 percent of the 11.6 million jobs created during the recovery following the Great Recession were filled by workers with at least some college education, according a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Workers holding only a high school diploma or less added only 80,000 jobs since…

Nevada’s Nonprofits Want More Information about Data Analysis and Grant WritingRead More

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July 8th, 2016 -

In late June, the Guinn Center hosted a workshop, “Building Advocacy Capacity among Nevada’s Nonprofits,” which was cosponsored by the College of Southern Nevada. Approximately 70 participants from almost 50 nonprofits around the state attended the event. As part of the workshop, the Guinn Center administered an informal survey asking attendees about the extent to…

Growing Childhood Poverty in Nevada Could Undermine Recent Educational InvestmentsRead More

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July 1st, 2016 -

By Niko Centeno-Montoy – In 2015, Governor Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature invested roughly $400 million in education each year over the 2015-2017 biennium. Unfortunately, the growing number of children living in poverty in Nevada could undermine the Silver State’s historic investments in education. According to newly released data by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s…

CCSD Reorg. Proposal Fails to Address Needs of ELLsRead More

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June 21st, 2016 -

In approximately 406 days, on August 1, 2017, the Clark County School District is expected to look dramatically different than it does today. At that time, the recommendations of longtime educator and consultant Michael Strembitsky, could go into effect, creating “a radically different management structure and culture for the Clark County School District (CCSD) than…

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