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Nevada Graduation Rates and the High School Proficiency Exam

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by Kenneth Retzl, Ph.D. Nevada’s 2016-2017 high school graduation rate increased significantly over the prior year, jumping from 73.6 percent to 80.9 percent according to data posted on the Nevada Report Card. Around the state, various explanations have been offered for this increase. In the Clark County School District (CCSD), this increase has been attributed… Read more

From the Delta to the Desert: The Healthcare Landscape

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by Suzanne Bierman From the Natural State to the Silver State, from the delta to the desert, from the home of Johnny Cash to the playground of Elvis, Nevada and Arkansas differ considerably, but in other ways, these two states are surprisingly similar. As a lifelong Arkansan who moved to Nevada this summer, it seemed… Read more

It’s getting hot in here!

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By Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D. and Paulina Kerrigan Singer Nelly’s lyrics “It’s getting hot in here” comes to mind every summer here in Nevada. In the north, one may reference the heroic efforts to extinguish raging fires, most recently the Qwyhee and Martin fires, the latter of which has been contained. In the south, residents… Read more

Silver State Strategies: Leveraging Medicaid to Address Homelessness

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by Tony S. Foresta Nevada continues to struggle to reduce homelessness across the state. The rate of homelessness in Nevada remains well above the national average at 26 individuals per 10,000, and as illustrated in Figure 1, California is the only state in the Intermountain West with a higher homelessness rate. Furthermore, the Las Vegas/Clark… Read more

WC-1: What’s Happened Since 2016?

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by Hannah Munro The Washoe County School District (WCSD) over the years has faced a plethora of issues, including a massive structural deficit, and a lack of ability to issue bonds. In addition to a structural deficit which hindered WCSD’s ability to keep up with much needed repairs and maintenance, the immense growth of the… Read more

CCSD High Schools Take the Biggest Hit, but Pain of Budget Cuts Distributed Across All Schools

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By Paulina Kerrigan Earlier this month, the Clark County School District (CCSD) announced that it had enacted budget cuts amounting to approximately $68 million from its 2018-2019 general operating fund. To submit a balanced budget, district schools were asked to cut $47 million from their individual budgets, and the central administration indicated it would decrease… Read more

Higher Education and DACA students: An Intermountain West Comparison

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by Marianna A. Zapata Last September, President Donald Trump announced his decision to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. DACA allowed qualifying Dreamers to defer their deportation for up to two years by applying to either work or attend institutions of higher education in the United States (U.S.). In reference to… Read more

Closing the Opportunity Gap is Critical to Nevada’s Long-term Economic Growth

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by Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D. For many, June marks the month of graduation ceremonies and festivities to acknowledge this rite of passage. But data shows that many individuals, especially African Americans, Latinos and low-income students, are not graduating and successfully moving through these transition points along the college and career pathway.  There are unfortunate yet… Read more

Silver State Strategies: Does Nevada Need a Flood Hazard Disclosure Act?

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by Tony S. Foresta Would Nevada home buyers benefit from a flood hazard disclosure act, which would legally require sellers and their acting agents to explicitly inform prospective home buyers if the property occupies a high-risk flood zone? Admittedly, it has been some time since Nevada experienced a significant flood disaster, but as history informs… Read more

Silver State Strategies – Making Housing Affordable in Nevada

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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