Guinn Center in the News
Moving Nevada forward: Guinn Center sees a way
Leadership Change Coming to the Guinn Center
How population growth affects public education in Southern Nevada
Kenny Retzl, Ph.D., Director of Education Policy, chats with KTNV’s Jeremy Chen about the 2020 Census data.
Clark County School District Decentralization: back to basics
Director of Education Policy Kenny Retzl, Ph.D. offers some thoughts on the Clark County School District and Assembly Bill 469.
What does it mean with fewer male students on college campuses?
First cut on census data: Nevada is diversifying, but it’s complicated
Executive Director Nancy Brune, Ph.D. and Director of Education Policy Kenny Retzl, Ph.D. offer some take-aways from the new U.S. Census 2020 data.
Guinn Center Transitions Affiliation to UNR
This is Reno summarizes the Guinn Center’s new affiliation with University of Nevada, Reno.
Clinic helps renters facing eviction
The Mohave Valley Daily News references the Guinn Center’s July 2020 report on eviction risk in Nevada.
Ford joins 22 other attorneys general in urging Supreme Court to uphold eviction moratorium
This Nevada Independent article references the Guinn Center’s 2020 report on evictions in Nevada.
OUTCLASSED: Could sales, property taxes increase to help fund Nevada public schools?
News 3 reporter Tiffany Lane talks to the Guinn Center team about K-12 education financing.
Nevada lawmakers consider home care worker, client measure
“One in five home care workers in Nevada is uninsured, and nearly one-third are on Medicaid themselves, according to a Guinn Center for Policy Priorities study on personal care aid workers released in September.”
Report: Nevada’s share of federal grants remained low in 2020
The Nevada Independent‘s reporter Riley Snyder summarizes the Guinn Center’s latest report, Federal Grants Performance in Nevada.
Las Vegas schools latest to reopen among large US districts
Associated Press reporter speaks with Kenny Retzl, Director of Education Policy.
CCSD board’s move to bolster libraries may become noisy dispute
“While the special session last summer left per-pupil funding intact in favor of cutting funding for specific student groups, that may not be the case when legislators meet again this year, said Kenneth Retzl, director of education policy at the nonprofit Guinn Center for Policy Priorities.”
FOX5 EXPERTS: Thousands of Nevadans affected by expiring CDC eviction moratorium
Fox5’s John Huck speaks with the Guinn Center’s Executive Director Nancy Brune about evictions in Nevada.
Open Enrollment Begins For Nevada Health Link
“According to a report from the Guinn Center, Nevada has the sixth highest uninsured rate in the nation — meaning more than one in ten Nevadans are uninsured.”
Officials hope changes to rental assistance applications will ensure aid meets anticipated mountain of need
The Nevada Independent‘s Michelle Rindels talks with Executive Director Nancy Brune about evictions in Nevada.
Disaster preparedness study funded by Walmart grant
The Pahrump Valley Times summarizes the Guinn Center’s new project that seeks to identify ways to strengthen the preparedness of urban Latino and Native American communities on biological and environmental disasters.
Nevada faces a 'care gap' as demand for personal care aides outpaces growth of the workforce, pay remains low
The Nevada Independent summarizes the Guinn Center’s latest report: Helping Hands: An Assessment of the Personal Care Aide Workforce in Nevada.
Nevada's Communities of Color At Risk During Pandemic
Executive Director Nancy Brune, Ph.D., pens an opinion pieces that draws on the findings of the Guinn Center’s recent report, The Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color in Nevada.
500,000 People Could Face Evictions in Nevada With Protections Set to Expire
This article references the recent policy brief, COVID-19 Eviction Risk in Nevada, which was authored by the Guinn Center and the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project.
Guinn report examines rural school strengths, challenges
This article summarizes the Guinn Center’s recent report, Rural Education in Nevada.
A quarter million Las Vegans could face eviction crisis: 'The magnitude is tremendous'
This article references the recent brief, COVID-19 Eviction Risk in Nevada, which was authored by the Guinn Center and the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project.
Congress must ensure Nevadans can stay in their homes
Guinn Center Executive Director Nancy Brune, Ph.D., and Nevada Housing Coalition Executive Director Christine Hess discuss the need for additional federal relief to assist landlords and tenants during the COVID-19 crisis and prevent a wave of evictions. This opinion pieces draws on the Guinn Center policy brief, COVID-19 and the Impact of Recession on the Economy and Housing in Nevada.
CCSD teachers drawing up wills, considering quitting classroom
This article references a recent survey conducted by the Guinn Center, in partnership with Nevada Action for School Options and Nevada Succeeds.
Nevada legislators face enormous task of balancing budget amid pandemic
This article references the Guinn Center’s policy brief, Nevada Budget Overview 2019-2021.
Law enforcement agencies discuss community policing practices in northern Nevada
This program references the findings of the Guinn Center policy report, Community Policing in Northern Nevada.
As pandemic’s economic pain persists, food banks, farmers adjust to new normal of shifted demand
This article references the Guinn Center’s recent report, Nevada’s Digital Divide.
Small businesses eye fragile future as shutdown tests their survivability
This article references the Guinn Center policy brief, An Analysis of the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information.
Major grants management contract delayed again
This article references our 2018 policy brief, Federal Revenue Streams in Nevada.
'Window shopping' for health plans begins Oct. 3 on Nevada Health Link | Korbulic
This article references the Guinn Center policy report, Nevada’s Uninsured Population.
Why Sisolak’s 3% raise for educators isn’t flying in Clark County
This article references the Guinn Center’s 2019 budget highlights.
Nevada legislature considers expelling its education funding formula
Nevada Watchdog reporter Michael Carroll talks with Director of Education Policy Dr. Kenneth J. Retzl about the Nevada Plan and weighted funding.
Nevada Week: State of Charter Schools
Charter schools represent a large portion of our educational choice options outside traditional public schools. What are charter schools, what is their place in our public education system, how are they faring and what do experts believe our state can do to best support charters as an educational choice option? Dr. Kenneth Retzl, our Director of Education Policy, joins other local experts to discuss charter schools in Nevada.
Women influencers tour Turquoise Ridge
Mining Quarterly covers the Nevada Mining Association’s sponsored-tour of the Turquoise Ridge mine. The tour brought together women leaders from around the Silver State to learn more about mining in Nevada. Guinn Center Executive Director Dr. Nancy E. Brune and Board Member Kathleen Conaboy participated in the tour.
Yardstick keeps changing on Clark County, Nevada graduation rates
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Amelia Pak-Harvey talks with Director of Education Policy Dr. Kenneth J. Retzl about the steady increase in graduation rates in Nevada.
Nevada's Question 3 pits retail choice against uncertainty in battle of billionaires
Utility Dive looks at the issue of Question 3 in Nevada and talks with Meredith Levine, author of our report, Restructuring the Electricity Market in Nevada? Possibilities, Prospects, and Pitfalls.
Question 3: Who will pay the price if Nevada deregulates energy?
Fox News looks at Question 3: Energy Choice Initiative and talks with Director of Economic Policy Meredith Levine about the issue.
Question 3: Energy choice. Does it work?
News 3 looks at Question 3: Energy Choice Initiative and talks with Director of Economic Policy Meredith Levine about the issue.
Confused by Question 3 ads? You're not alone
KOLO 8 TV (Reno) looks at the issue of Question 3 and talks with Meredith Levine, Director of Economic Policy.
Guinn Center lays out facts on Nevada ballot measures
The Las Vegas Review-Journal covers the Guinn Center’s publication of Fact Sheets on the various ballot initiatives that voters will consider in November.
Question 3 Part II: The Guinn Center Study
Executive Director, Nancy Brune, and Director of Economic Policy, Meredith A. Levine, join Casey Smith on Nevada Week to discuss Question 3.
'Deregulation' label for Question 3 proves divisive in Nevada
Colton Lochhead of the Las Vegas Review-Journal delves into what “deregulation” means in regards to Question 3.
Commissioners Support 'No' on Measure 3
What Question 3 and Question 6 say about renewable energy
Our report is mentioned in April Corbin’s piece in Nevada Current.
Editorial: The many failures of class-size reduction
A Guinn Center study found that teacher quality, not class size, is the biggest impact in student achievement.
Indy Fact Check: Claims of lower electricity rates from energy choice backers need significant context
The Nevada Independent‘s Riley Snyder examines the claims of rate changes from each side of Question 3.
Steve breaks down ad opposing Question 3: The Energy Choice Initiative
On KLAS, Politics Now co-host Steve Sebelius breaks down an ad opposing Question 3.
Study shows Nevada schools have largest average class sizes
The Las Vegas Review-Journal highlights the fact that Nevada schools have the largest average class sizes in the United States. Executive Director Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D., discusses the research on class-size reduction programs and looks at class sizes and performance in the Clark County School District.
Commentary: Vote 'no' on Nevada's Question 3
In the Elko Daily Free Press, Clay R. Fitch weighs in on Question 3, mentioning our report.
Indy Fact Check: Rooftop solar would change, but likely no be eliminated, if energy choice ballot initiative question passes
Riley Snyder of The Nevada Independent explores the what ifs for net metering customers if Question 3 passes.
Question 3: The Future of Energy in Nevada
Meredith A. Levine joins District 10 Assemblyman Chris Brooks of No on 3 and former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff of Yes on 3 for a Nevada Week discussion fo Casey Smith.
What is energy "deregulation"?
Former FERC chair Jon Wellinghoff spells out the difference between deregulation and restructuring in Energy Report Nevada.
No clear answers on Nevada electricity rates if Question 3 initiative passes
Noell Evans utilized
the Guinn Center’s recent report, Restructuring the Electricity Market in Nevada? Possibilities, Prospects, and Pitfalls in this article for The Nevada Watchdog.
Thomas Mitchell: Can Nevada lawmakers correctly introduce energy choice?
In the Elko Daily Free Press, Thomas Mitchell weighs in on Question 3, mentioning our report.
A Closer Look at CCSD Budget Cuts
Executive Director, Nancy E. Brune, and intern Paulina Kerrigan appear on Inside Education to discuss their analysis of recent budget cuts.
Pro-renewable energy groups come out in opposition to energy choice ballot question
In his article on Question 6 supporters – The Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, and Western Resource Advocates – opposing Question 3, Riley Snyder of The Nevada Independent noted the Guinn Center’s report finding no correlation between states with open electric markets and more renewables.
Report: No clear answers on Nevada electricity rates if Question 3 passes
Colton Lochhead of the Las Vegas Review-Journal found both proponents and opponents of Question 3 “latched onto parts of the report to bolster their claims.”
Guinn Center Report on Energy Choice Initiative
Nevada Current‘s Hugh Jackson discusses his takeaways from the Guinn Center’s recent report, Restructuring the Electricity Market in Nevada? Possibilities, Prospects, and Pitfalls.
Breaking Down Question 3, the Energy Choice Initiative
Steve Sebelius of KLAS 8 News Now interviewed Meredith A. Levine and Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison after the release of the Guinn Center report.
Guinn Center Report Dissects The History Behind Question 3
News 2 Reno KLVN takes a look at our Question 3 report and the uncertainties of what rates would look like in an open market.
Meredith A. Levine Talks Question 3
Meredith A. Levine joins talk radio’s Kevin Wall to discuss Question 3.
Is Energy Restructuring A Good Thing for Nevada?
On KNPR’s State of Nevada, Joe Schoenmann discusses Question 3: The Energy Choice Initiative with Meredith A. Levine, our Director of Economic Policy and lead author of the Guinn Center’s recent report, Restructuring the Electricity Market in Nevada? Possibilities, Prospects, and Pitfalls.
Think tank: Energy Choice ballot question would have uncertain impact on rates, wouldn't directly lead to more renewables
The Nevada Independent’s Riley Snyder summarizes the Guinn Center’s recent report, Restructuring the Electricity Market in Nevada? Possibilities, Prospects, and Pitfalls, that addresses the primary arguments for and against Question 3: The Energy Choice Initiative.
Ballot measure to restructure energy market spells uncertainty, report says
The Las Vegas Sun summarizes the Guinn Center’s report, Restructuring the Electricity Market in Nevada? Possibilities, Prospects, and Pitfalls, that addresses the primary arguments for and against Question 3: The Energy Choice Initiative.
Report: States should be cautious as they look to sin taxes for revenue
The Las Vegas Sun discusses a new report, “Are Sin Taxes Healthy for State Budgets,” a joint project between Pew and the Rockefeller Institute of Government, and references the Guinn Center 2017 report, Nevada Budget 101: A Primer for the 2017-2019 Biennium.
Commentary on Schools
In an opinion piece for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Don Soifer, founder and president of Nevada Action for School Options, a nonprofit based in downtown Las Vegas, referenced the Guinn Center’s “information-packed research study” that the Guinn Center team completed to support the work of the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission in Education (Assembly Bill 421) that met during 2016.
CCSD begins to scratch surface of its charter school problem
As Clark County School District waits to see the effects of yet another round of budget cuts, it’s an apt time to remember one group not affected: the dozens of local charter schools overseen by other entities and not part of the district.
Report: Nevada schools may have to choose between security, education resources
The Las Vegas Sun discusses a recent Guinn Center blog, “The Cost of School Safety and the Opportunity Cost,” in which we provide an estimate of the potential costs of outfitting schools in Nevada with various safety technologies.
8 News NOW political reporters Steve Sebelius and Patrick Walker discuss the Candidate Forum for CCSD Board of Trustees and NSHE Board of Regents, which was sponsored by the Guinn Center, HOPE for Nevada, Latin Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Mujeres Group.
Families hear from candidates vying for education leadership positions
The Las Vegas Sun discusses the candidates who participated in the Candidate Forum for CCSD Board of Trustees and NSHE Board of Regents, which was sponsored by the Guinn Center, HOPE for Nevada, and the Latin Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Mujeres Group.
Candidates for education posts talk funding at Las Vegas forum
The Las Vegas Review-Journal discusses the candidates who participated in the Candidate Forum for CCSD Board of Trustees and NSHE Board of Regents, which was sponsored by the Guinn Center, HOPE for Nevada, and the Latin Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Mujeres Group.
In state where academic performance and school funding rank near the bottom, education is top of mind in race for Nevada Governor
Executive Director Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D. weighs in on the education landscape in Nevada.
The Indy Explains: Why question of citizenship on 2020 census has immigrant groups, state agencies concerned
The Nevada Independent team interviews Meredith Levine, Director of Economic Policy, and Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D., Executive Director about the implication of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s possible decision to include a question about citizenship as part of the 2020 census.
The K-12 conundrum: Ideas emerge about how to better fund schools but consensus remains elusive
Executive Director Nancy E. Brune weighs in on school funding and the current policy environment.
Mining Boss Walking in Footsteps of Activist Grandfather
Michael Brown, President of Barrick Gold USA, identifies the Guinn Center as an important state resource. He states that “Unlike the last round of growth, this time we will have resources like Brookings Mountain West, the Guinn Center, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, and Council for a Better Nevada to help address the challenges.”
On Politics: The Weight of Medicaid in Nevada
Jim Clark, president of Republican Advocates, discusses how federal changes to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid provisions could impact Nevada, and references the Guinn Center’s analysis.
Wealthier Nevadans may take an immediate property tax hit under Trump’s Bill
The Reno Gazette-Journal refers to the Guinn Center’s report that examined the potential impact of the tax reform bill on Nevadans.
What will Trump’s Massive Tax Overhaul Mean for Nevadans?
The Reno Gazette-Journal refers to the Guinn Center’s analysis that examined how the federal tax reform bill could impact Nevadans.
How Could the New Tax Law Affect Nevada?
KUNR’s Paul Boger interviews Meredith A. Levine, Director of Economic Policy, to discuss how the new federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) might impact Nevadans.
LCSO finds mental health partner
Mason Valley News references the Guinn Center’s report that discusses mental health workforce shortages in Nevada.
Nevada’s increased education spending tries to hit a moving target
The Las Vegas Review-Journal discusses school funding and includes a Guinn Center analysis of per pupil funding over time.
More than One Answer to How Well Nevada Funds Education
The Las Vegas Review-Journal interviews Nancy E. Brune, Executive Director, about K-12 school funding in Nevada.
Nevada’s mental health care system was already in dire straits
Following the October 1 shooting, Executive Director Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D. discusses the mental health infrastructure in Nevada.
The new CCSD: Radical reconfiguration gives schools more control over their future
The Las Vegas Sun discusses the reconfiguration of Clark County School District and references the Guinn Center’s 2015 report, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.
Criminal Justice Reform Still Critical
Executive Director Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D., and Board Member Dan Hamilton, Ph.D. summarize the recent criminal justice reforms implemented by state legislatures in several states, including Nevada and Louisiana.
Housing and the Rise of Homelessness
Bob Conrad interviews Meredith Levine, Director of Economic Policy, about property taxes and how state revenues fund social services.
Revised ASD bill provides parents of failing schools with a meaningful lever of change
Megan K. Rauch, Director of Education Policy, and Executive Director Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D., explore how proposed amendments to the Achievement School District expand the options that parents and school communities will have to design and implement programs and interventions that best serve the specific needs of their students with the goal of improving their educational journey and academic success.
A Roadmap to Improve Education Outcomes in Nevada
Executive Director Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D. and Senior Fellow Victor Wakefield outline a three-pronged approach to ensure that any new funds are directed in ways to improve student outcomes and address the needs of students in our high-need schools.
Property Taxes in Nevada
Chip Evans talks with Meredith Levine, Director of Economic Policy, about property taxes in Nevada.
Partisan Politics is Alive and Well at the Nevada Legislature
Executive Director Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D., and Brian Davie, who worked at the Legislative Counsel Bureau for 28 years, discuss the rise in partisanship in Carson City.
Children on the Cusp: The transition from foster care to adulthood is leaving some behind
The Las Vegas Sun discusses educational outcomes for students in foster care in Clark County School District and references a Guinn Center report, At the Tipping Point: Educational Outcomes of Students in Foster Care in Clark County School District.
State needs to consider new models to control K-12 personnel costs
In an editorial for the Elko Daily Free Press, Guinn Center Executive Director Nancy Brune discusses rising instruction-related costs in the Silver State’s K-12 public education system. In Elko County School District (and Nevada), personnel costs (salaries and benefits) account for almost 80 percent of education expenditures. Brune summarizes the recommendations of the Center’s recent report, which identifies possible models the State should consider to control costs.
Class-size reduction policies offer no real return on investment
In an editorial for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Guinn Center examines the policies in Nevada that offer better student outcomes than class-size reduction (CSR), despite CSR being a popular–and expensive–tool for education reform. Nevada invested $306.3 million over the biennium in CSR, but educational and policy experts are in broad agreement that it less effective (and more expensive) than other programs and strategies.
New Plan Would Keep Nevada’s Sprawling Clark County School District Intact
Education Week‘s Denisa Superville reports on the new plan proposed by Michael Strembitsky to reorganize Clark County School District into 350+ autonomous schools, leaving the district intact. The Guinn Center discusses the importance of having a robust system in place for recruiting, training, and supporting highly-effective principals, which will be given greater autonomy in the new system of organization.
Taking steps to help those with mental illness
In an editorial for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s U.S. Congressional Representative Crescent Hardy (R, CD-4) cites the Guinn Center’s research on Nevadans’ access to mental health providers. In the 2014 report, the Guinn Center noted that 1.4 million people in our state live in an area designated as a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area. That includes our rural counties and 36 percent of Clark County.
How Will Tesla Impact The Northern Nevada Economy?
Northern Nevada public radio station KUNR examines the economic boom effects of the new Tesla Motors plant on the economy in the greater Reno-Sparks area and explores how transferable tax credits, which Tesla received from the State and then sold at a lower rate to a casino, could impact state revenue. Guinn Center Executive Director Dr. Nancy E. Brune offers some remarks on how we should evaluate the Silver State’s development incentives as an economic development tool.
Report: Rise in poverty threatens to further weaken Nevada education system
An article in the Las Vegas Sun discusses a recent blog post from The Guinn Center, “Growing Childhood Poverty Could Undermine Recent Educational Investments.” As the Guinn Center reported, “The number of children living in poverty in Nevada is at 22 percent, up from 15 percent in 2008. Similarly, the number of children whose parents lack stable jobs has risen 6 percentage points to 32 percent.”
Tesla Sells $20 Million Worth Of Tax Credits To Las Vegas Casino
This is Reno reports that $20 million in transferable tax credits were sold by Tesla Motors to the MGM Grand for gaming license fees. This is Reno explores the impact of this transaction and cites the Guinn Center’s 2014 report, Development Incentives: A Guide for Nevada Legislators, which analyzed Nevada’s development incentive package offered to Tesla.
Tackling inequality for under-resourced and students of color
The Guinn Center discusses a new national report, which reveals that students of color, which now comprise 49.7 percent of K-12 pupils in the country, continue to face significant disparities in school discipline, as well as access to high quality teachers and advanced coursework. The Guinn Center discusses these disparities in Nevada and offers some policy recommendations.
Teacher-shortage crisis hurts students with disabilities most
The Guinn Center draws attention to the number of special education teacher vacancies in Nevada and offers a number of solutions to attract and retain special education teachers. Thirty-eight percent of teacher vacancies in the Clark County School District’s elementary and middle schools are special education vacancies, and many of these are for autism specialists. Additionally, 83 percent of special education teacher vacancies are in Title I schools, which serve our community’s most under-resourced families. This crisis in the supply of special education instructors is not limited to the Clark County School District. The Washoe County School District has more than 240 job openings, more than 40 percent of which are for special education instructors.
Looking ahead on school building
In an opinion piece for the Reno News and Review, Former Nevada State Senator Sheila Leslie calls the Guinn Center’s policy report, “School Facilities, Construction and Maintenance” a must-read for all state legislators for policy solutions to address many aging school buildings across the state.
CCSD’s future: Talks turn to splitting administration, not the district itself
The Las Vegas Sun provides an update on the legislative conversations to consider the reconfiguration of the Clark County School District, the fifth largest district in the U.S. The Guinn Center notes that there appears to be consensus around the idea of decentralization of authority to local communities, rather than a real break-up of the district into smaller districts or precincts.
The Latest School Reorganization Plan: Autonomous Schools
The Guinn Center appears on KNPR’s State of Nevada to discuss the reorganization of the Clark County School District and the latest plan to explore decentralized or autonomous schools. The Guinn Center notes that strong school (principal) leadership and weighted student funding are critical components of successful efforts to decentralize decision-making authority to schools.