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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits in Nevada

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by Meredith A. Levine [For a PDF of this blog, click here] The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal program, provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of low-income families and individuals. The Federal government funds the program but shares the costs of operating the program with each state. Recently, the U.S. Department of… Read more

Strategic Plans and Budget Deficits: The One Conversation CCSD is Not Having

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by Kenneth J. Retzl This blog is about questions more than answers. While we have heard many educational conversations at the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustee meetings, most are focused on current operations and not on long-term, strategic choices. To this end, the Guinn Center asks how the District’s current budget deficit… Read more

Nevada’s Workforce is Drag on Economic Development

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by Sam Lair Earlier this month, CNBC released its America’s Top States for Business, a ranking of all 50 states based on their economic climate and competitiveness. The annual study analyzes all fifty states on 64 metrics across ten categories. States are graded based on the qualities they believe are most important in attracting businesses…. Read more

Sustaining Nevada: A Summary of Recent Legislation

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by Elliot Gonzalez, environmental policy intern The Nevada Legislature approved several measures during the 2019 80th Legislative Session aimed at conserving natural resources, limiting the use of water, and increasing energy efficiency statewide. Water   AB163 – Requires water suppliers and public utilities to submit: (1) a water loss audit and water conservation plan if they… Read more

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