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Constituents Forcibly Removed from LIBRE Forum As Heller Praised Passage of Trump Tax Plan

Hours after Senator Dean Heller (R) voted to pass the Senate version of the Trump Tax Plan, he appeared at the LIBRE Initiative’s policy forum at the Palace Station in Las Vegas to make his case. Yet as Heller was confronted by constituents with their questions about the tax plan, the federal budget, and immigration reform, LIBRE and Station Casinos security removed these constituents from the event as Heller attempted to deflect and stick to his message. (more…)

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Faith Organizing Alliance Hosts Education Town Hall in West Las Vegas

On Tuesday, the Las Vegas based Faith Organizing Alliance held a community town hall at the Historic Westside School to discuss public education in Southern Nevada’s African-American communities. They invited a panel of experts to speak about what the state is doing to improve public education, and what still must be done to make education more equitable for communities of color. (more…)

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New Study, Same Old Problem: A Look Inside Nevada Schools’ Achievement Gap

Today, local children’s advocates released a new study that points to alarming inequities across our public infrastructure, including K-12 education. Though overall student achievement remains a major problem, it’s even more severe in communities of color. Why are students of color at a disadvantage, and what can be done about it? We look deeper into the numbers to find answers. (more…)

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“Big Things Don’t Run Well”: A Conversation with NPRI President John Tsarpalas on Education and the State Budget

We recently had the opportunity to speak with John Tsarpalas, the new President of the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI). For 27 years, NPRI has been a major force to advance conservative ideas in the Silver State. But in recent years, NPRI found itself on the losing side in major battles on tax reform and school vouchers. Tsarpalas explained to us how NPRI is moving on, despite these recent setbacks. (more…)

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Veterans and Legislators Condemn Republican Budget Blockade

Following hard-line Republican grandstanding Thursday during Senate votes on critical budget bills, Democratic legislators and veterans’ advocates gathered to rebuke the minority party’s tactics. They asked why Republican legislators not only walked out, but then voted against funding for everything from K-12 public schools to a long awaited military veterans’ home. (more…)

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Republican Walkout Triggers Budget Showdown in Final Days of Legislative Session

The Nevada Legislature was supposed to move forward with the one big tax proposal of this session. Instead, the marijuana excise tax Governor Brian Sandoval (R) proposed was defeated by the Senators from his own party. As a result, the public education budget, including vouchers, is undergoing major changes. The marijuana excise tax was the highlight of Sandoval’s State of the State address. And yet, Senate Republicans vote against Sandoval’s marijuana tax. Why did they? And what happens now? (more…)

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Who’s Vouching for What? The Jury’s Out on ESA Vouchers.

In June 2015 Governor Brian Sandoval (R) signed SB 302 into law, establishing the ESA voucher program. Yet within weeks, the program was hit with a court ordered injunction. Since then, the voucher program has been in a legal coma. As Governor Sandoval pushes to revive vouchers, opponents are reminding the Nevada Legislature why they sued in the first place. Today, we speak with those most deeply involved in Lopez v. Schwartz on why they sued and why they oppose…

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Who’s Vouching for What: Governor’s ESA Voucher Bill Gets Heard at Nevada Legislature

For weeks, Governor Brian Sandoval (R) and Nevada Legislature Democratic leaders have sparred over funding his controversial voucher program, Education Savings Accounts. Then, at 3:00 PM yesterday, the two budget committees announced a joint hearing on Sandoval’s voucher bill. Why did this hearing happen, and how might the Legislature reshape this voucher program? We dig deeper below. (more…)

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Who’s Vouching for What: Where Would ESA Voucher Money Go?

Who would truly benefit from ESA school vouchers? Where would ESA voucher money go? How would that money be spent? And why would these publicly supported private schools get to play by different set of standards than public schools? As we reexamine how the school voucher program arrived in Nevada, let’s also dig deeper into one of the private schools that’s seeking ESA voucher funds. (more…)