Nevada Budget Overview 2019-2021
February 28, 2019
This set of infographics provides both a broad-based overview of budgetary sources and spending and a detailed account of revenues and proposed expenditures. You can find a pdf version of the infographics here: Guinn Center Nevada Budget 2019-2021 Infographics
Property Taxes & K-12 Financing in Nevada
February 17, 2019
Property tax is one of the most significant sources of K-12 education financing within states. In Nevada, property taxes supply budgetary support for local governments, such as school districts. While local jurisdictions have some discretion in setting property tax rates, there are legal constraints on rate setting for school districts. In particular, Nevada law requires that… Read more
It’s Getting Hot in Here…
July 24, 2018
This week, southern Nevada residents are bracing for another excessive heat wave. Around the Silver State, air conditioning companies and their heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians are in high demand during the hot summer months. Both nationally and around the state, HVACR technicians are in high demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated,… Read more
Demographics, Enrollment, & Performance Metrics at K-12 Schools in Nevada
May 19, 2018
In this photo essay, we compared enrollment, demographics, and performance metrics across traditional—i.e., non-virtual—state-sponsored public charter schools, district-sponsored public charter schools, and district public schools, as well as virtual state-sponsored public charter schools and virtual district public schools. Click here for a .pdf version of the photo essay: Demographics, Enrollment & Performance Metrics in Nevada’s K-12… Read more
CCSD Turnaround Zone: An Overview of Outcomes
April 25, 2018
The Guinn Center examined data from CCSD’s Turnaround Zone, the only intervention currently in place for underperforming schools in the district. While acknowledging that the Turnaround Zone includes underperforming schools, data suggests that Turnaround Zone has not significantly changed the academic trajectories of the district’s worst performing schools. A review of district data suggests that despite… Read more
Per pupil funding at Clark County School District
September 1, 2017
Clark County School District (CCSD) has announced that it faces a budget shortfall of $60 million. In a recent memo, CCSD wrote, “Over the past few years, the revenue increases we have received from the state, from county property taxes and from the sales tax have not allowed us to keep up with our rising… Read more
Medicaid Data for Nevada Children and Families
June 21, 2017
Nevada joined 31 other states (including the District of Columbia) that expanded Medicaid as of January 2017. The number of children and individuals without health insurance coverage has declined.
CCSD Turnaround Zone: An Overview of Outcomes
March 3, 2017
As a companion to our recent report, “The Impact of School Autonomy and Skilled School Leadership on Student Achievement: Lessons from Other States,” we examined data from CCSD’s Turnaround Zone, the only intervention currently in place for underperforming schools in the district. While acknowledging that the Turnaround Zone includes underperforming schools, data suggests that Turnaround… Read more
Foster Care in Clark County School District
October 7, 2016
National research finds that educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care lag behind their peers. Unfortunately, the landscape in Nevada is similar. For instance, recent data shared by Clark County School District finds that graduation rates and grade point averages are significantly lower for eleventh and twelfth grade students in foster care than… Read more
Mental Health Spending in Nevada
September 29, 2016
Read the full report from the Guinn Center. Read the article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Statwide Ballot Initiatives for Nov 2016 Election
August 26, 2016
The Guinn Center has prepared a series of Fact Sheets in advance of the 2016 General Election in November. The Fact Sheets discuss the questions for that will appear on the election ballot in Nevada: Background Check Initiative, Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana, Energy Choice Initiative, Medical Patient Tax Relief Act, Fuel Revenue Index, and… Read more
The Teacher Vacancy Crisis in Clark and Washoe Counties
May 28, 2016
These maps illustrate the troubling number of teacher vacancies in the two largest counties in Nevada, Clark and Washoe Counties. As of April 1st, there was 961 reported teacher vacancies in the Clark County School District (Figure 1), and as of May 23rd, there were 244 reported teacher vacancies in Washoe County (Figure 2). The… Read more
How do Nevada’s Test Scores Compare to Other States?
November 4, 2015
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) measures the proficiency of fourth and eighth grade students across the country every two years in reading in math. This infographic examines how Nevada’s results compare to other states in the Intermountain West: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah.
Equity Implications of CCSD’s Reorganization Proposal
October 13, 2015
The Clark County School District presented a reorganization plan to the Advisory Committee on Reorganization of CCSD on October 12, 2015. This infographic shows the demographic and educational equity implications of the proposal.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: CCSD Demographics
October 10, 2015
Existing demographic disparities should be addressed by the Advisory Committee that is developing a reorganization plan for CCSD. These maps illustrate demographic differences based on factors such as race, socioeconomic status, academic outcomes, school choice, age of facilities, teacher vacancies, and new teachers. Click here for the full report.
Schools Served by Literacy & Intervention Programs
July 12, 2015
Three major K-12 education initiatives were approved during the 2015 Legislative Session to improve literacy and assist low-performing schools: Read by 3, Zoom Schools, and Victory Schools. This infographic: (1) illustrates Nevada’s academic performance compared to the nation; (2) provides demographic data on students served by these programs, and (3) lists other current funding sources and intervention efforts at… Read more
Impact of Tax Scenarios
May 21, 2015
The Guinn Center for Policy Priorities has analyzed the impact of the Nevada Revenue Plan approved by the Legislature in SB 483 as well as other proposals considered in 2015 and in prior years. Each figure shows the impact of each tax proposal on a different type of business. For more information, please see our detailed spreadsheets.
K-12 Education Funding
May 1, 2015
The 2015 Nevada Legislature is considering changes to the funding formula for K-12 education. What is the current state of K-12 funding in Nevada and how far is the state from funding education adequately?
Mental Health Governance
December 2, 2014
Over time, each state has developed its own unique mental health governance model. This infographic illustrates how each state is implementing key features of Medicaid and mental health governance.
Competitiveness of Nevada Mental Health Salaries
October 9, 2014
Are Nevada’s mental health professional salaries competitive with other states in the region? Salaries are least competitive for psychiatrists and psychologists and most competitive for nurses and social workers.
Higher Education Enrollment and Completion
July 31, 2014
Among the Intermountain West states, Latinos and African-Americans in Nevada are most under-represented in higher education enrollment and completion.