Education | Legislature

Lawsuit: Bill capping Opportunity Scholarships private school program violates two-thirds rule for raising revenue

August 15th, 2019 - 9:00am
Opportunity Scholarships receive funding when businesses donate to approved scholarship organizations, which then offer awards to individual students that can be worth more than $8,000 a year. As enacted in 2015, the amount of tax credits authorized each year grows by 10 percent. But AB458 caps the size of the program at existing levels, largely preventing new enrollees or accommodating inflation in tuition.
IndyBlog | Legislature | State Government

Ford launches campaign to publicize automatic voting rights restoration bill

June 20th, 2019 - 3:01pm
Ford’s office is planning a “multi-pronged” public information campaign to educate Nevadans regarding the changes in AB431, a bill by Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson that automatically restores the right to vote to any Nevadan previously incarcerated without requiring any court approval. The bill, which takes effect on July 1, passed the Legislature on a mostly party-line vote and was signed into law by Sisolak on May 29.

Q&A: Sen. Scott Hammond on being in the minority and sending public funds to non-public schools

June 20th, 2019 - 2:00am
Between casting votes and attending committee meetings, GOP state Sen. Scott Hammond offered his perspective as a member of the Republican minority — and the reason for his staunch opposition to extending the payroll tax rate. As the sponsor of the bill in 2015 that created the Education Savings Account, he also discussed his support of the Opportunity Scholarship program — another school choice initiative — and other topics.
Legislature | State Government

How Sisolak's campaign, State of the State promises fared at end of legislative session

June 19th, 2019 - 2:00am
For the first time in a decade, Nevada’s minimum wage will increase; state workers will soon have the right to collectively bargain; oversight boards of legal marijuana and health care have been established; funds for teacher raises were secured, and the state is closer than ever to updating its long-criticized 52-year-old funding formula for K-12 education.
Immigration | Legislature

Flores: Ignorance, fear caused demise of immigration bills

June 18th, 2019 - 2:00am
A lack of understanding within both parties on issues surrounding immigration and concerns that they could affect lawmakers’ political futures played a decisive role in the fate of some bills during the Legislature, a key proponent of the measures argued in an exclusive interview.
Education | Legislature

For Opportunity Scholarships, no fiscal cliff after legislative session, but no new enrollees either

June 14th, 2019 - 2:00am
In a memo dated June 12, state officials offered clarity on the future of the program, which offers businesses tax credits for donating to scholarships that help K-12 students attend private schools. An amended SB551 added $9.5 million to the program over the next two years and prevents what advocates feared most: hundreds of current recipients kicked off the rolls.
Education | Legislature

Elimination of deans, ongoing funding woes spark fiery discussion at town hall shortly after principals give Jara no-confidence vote

June 13th, 2019 - 2:00am
An education town hall Wednesday night drew emotional commentary about the Clark County School District’s decision to eliminate 170 dean positions, triggering an apology from Superintendent Jesus Jara. The event brought together state lawmakers, education advocates, union leaders and the superintendent for a post-legislative session discussion about education.