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House Republicans Release New Version of Trump Tax Plan, Which Still Benefits Wealthiest Americans the Most

Earlier today, House Republicans unveiled their version of the tax cut proposal that President Donald Trump and Congressional Republican leaders want to pass by the end of the year. Despite some recent tweaks, it still largely mirrors what Republicans first proposed last month. That means the richest 1% of Americans would still enjoy the lion’s share of tax cuts, while everyone else is at risk of paying higher taxes and/or bearing the brunt of painful budget cuts. (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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CCSD Trustees Decide on Next Round of Budget Cuts

After five-plus hours of outrage, rancor, frustration, and sorrow from both sides of the dais, the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees agreed to an alternative budget proposal in hopes of staving off any further cuts to support staff or special education programs. The CCSD Board also proposed a financial review to approve next month to respond to public demands for increased accountability. (more…)

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Back to the Drawing Board: A Conversation with Nancy Brune and Sylvia Lazos on CCSD and Public Education in Nevada

Last week, Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky announced his June 2018 retirement. As CCSD is navigating major changes in public education, including its own reorganization, we speak with experts on what lies ahead for the district. We also discuss whether a state budgetary formula is the root of CCSD’s ongoing financial woes. (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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Nevada State College Students and Faculty Walk Out in Support of DACA Students

On Monday, dozens of Nevada State College (NSC) students and several faculty walked out and gathered outside the Rogers Student Center in support of DACA students. They walked out to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act to provide permanent legal protection for Nevada’s DACA recipients, and to reassure DREAMer students that the NSC community will continue to support them. (more…)

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DREAMer and College Student Nayelli Speaks Out on Life After DACA and the Future of DACA Activism

After the Trump Administration announced its decision on DACA, a group of college students and faculty met in Henderson to discuss how to advocate for student DREAMers in Nevada’s colleges. Afterwards, we spoke with one of these student DREAMers about her experience growing up here. She explains how she made it to college, and how she will fight to stay in the one place she calls home. (more…)

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Van Jones and Green for All Rally with Chispa for Clean Buses for Nevada Students

"It is very hard to learn when you can not breathe." That’s the message Green for All founder Van Jones had for Governor Brian Sandoval (R) last Saturday. He joined Chispa Nevada and over 100 grassroots community activists in Las Vegas to call on the State of Nevada to invest in cleaner school buses for Nevada students. (more…)