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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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How Can Nevada Succeed? A Conversation with Nevada Succeeds President Brent Husson on Public Education

How do we improve public education in Nevada? As the President of Nevada Succeeds, Brent Husson works on answering this question every day. We spoke with Husson recently about how he and his organization approach this and other critical questions on education policy, and tackle the most difficult questions surrounding education funding. (more…)

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Filling the Pothole: Nevada Gears up for Recreational Marijuana Sales

This Saturday, the State of Nevada will begin allowing sales of recreational marijuana. After voters passed Question 2 to legalize it, the state moved quickly to put the regulatory and tax infrastructure in place. But in the eleventh hour, a district court ruling threatened to leave it all up in smoke. How did the state overcome this final legal hurdle, and what lies ahead in this brave new world of legal pot? (more…)

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Southern Nevada LGBTQIA Community Remembers Victims of Pulse Shooting, Vows to “Honor Them with Action”

Last night, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada hosted a remembrance vigil for the 49 victims who were killed in the June 12, 2016, attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The Pulse attack was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and one that targeted LGBTQIA Americans. As LGBTQIA Nevadans and allies mourned one year later, they also committed to “honor them with action”. What action is needed? We attended the vigil and spoke with activists…

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Activists Deliver Over 7,000 Signatures in Support of AB 206 Renewable Energy Standard

Just hours after the Nevada Legislature adjourned Sine Die, a group of environmental and energy activists returned to deliver to Governor Brian Sandoval (R) over 7,000 petition signatures urging him to sign AB 206 into law. Why do they feel this strongly about the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) bill? We followed them to the Governor’s Office in the Old State Capitol to find out. (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…