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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

A Peek Behind the K-12 Education Finance Curtain

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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

Education in Nevada Post-Election: Staying the Course

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By Guinn Center staff Last night, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak gave his first State of the State address before legislators, his cabinet members, other elected officials, his family, friends, and supporters. His plan did not portend a dramatic shift in policy – something akin to A Bold New Day in Nevada. Rather, his vision, anchored… Read more

The December 2018 Economic Forum: General Fund Estimates for the 2019-2021 Biennium

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by Meredith A. Levine See here for PDF of the blog: Guinn Center Economic Forum Dec 2018 The release of the Economic Forum’s “Forecast of Future State Revenues” in December of even-numbered years marks an important date on Nevada’s fiscal calendar. This official forecast contains projections for the unrestricted revenue portion of the General Fund, which… Read more