Thursday, January 7 2010 10:21 PM EST2010-01-08 03:21:17 GMT
Nevada leaders say Governor Jim Gibbons' proposed education changes sound like budget cuts. But a spokesman for Gibbons says proposed reforms don't call for funding cuts at the classroom level, just more decision-making authority at the local level.More>>
-Eliminating laws dealing with collective bargaining between local government and school districts.
-Eliminating laws mandating class sizes and full-day kindergarten
-Creating empowerment school districts
-Eliminating the State Board of Education and replacing it with a 5-member advisory board. The governor would appoint three of the board's members.
The governor says the plan would save money and give more power to school districts and parents. The proposal drew mixed reactions. "What's bound to happen is children's education will suffer," said Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley (Clark County-D). "When you look in the proposals, what are the exact details? There are cuts!"
But, the conservative think-tank Nevada Policy Research Institute praises the plan. "What this proposal suggests is a governor who truly understands Nevada's education problems," said NPRI Vice President of Operations and Communications Andy Matthews. "If you really want to improve education in the state, there are a lot of good ideas in here." He believes throwing more money at education is not the answer.
But Buckley says cutting spending does not help either. "We're supposed to be an education-first state, and that doesn't mean you cut education funding first," she said. "That means you do everything you can to preserve it."
State Senator Joyce Woodhouse (Clark County-D) admits the state is facing a tough economic crisis and budget shortfall, but feels there are better solutions than the one proposed by the governor. "Constitutionally, we do have to balance the state's budget," she said. "(But), it's really important that we look for other places where cuts can be made." The governor's proposal requires passage by the Nevada Legislature. The Legislature meets again in 2011. But, the governor can call a special session before then.
Monday, September 1 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:06:07 GMT
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. In some cases, it has to do with a language barrier, but in most cases, it is fear among undocumented immigrants that they could end up being deported. More>>
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. It's hoped the opening of a new medical clinic will change that.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:58:50 GMT
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association, around 313,000 people visited Las Vegas over the Labor Day weekend. More>>
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:51:43 GMT
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun. More>>
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun.