Adjuncts Rising Part 4: How northern Nevada institutions tackle the issue of part-time faculty

Adjuncts Rising: UNR Morril Hall. Photo: Bob Conrad.

Adjuncts Rising is an investigative series that looks at how northern Nevada public higher education institutions have addressed the issue of using part-time faculty to satisfy teaching responsibilities. reporter intern Chris Vega examines the life of an adjunct, how adjunct faculty fit into the larger role of a higher-education institution and he compares local institutions […]

OPINION: Sandoval priorities: Calls special session to raise taxes, abandons education reforms

SUBMITTED BY NPRI LAS VEGAS — In response to this morning’s special Legislative Session called by Gov. Brian Sandoval, NPRI Deputy Policy Director Geoffrey Lawrence released the following comments: Calling a special session to increase taxes, while abandoning education reforms, is the perfect encapsulation of the Nevada Legislature’s work in 2013. For taxpayers, it’s extremely […]

Former Superintendent Guthrie proposal: Pay best teachers $200,000 a year

NPRI NEWS RELEASE LAS VEGAS — Paying unusually effective teachers $200,000 a year will transform the teaching profession in Nevada by attracting more top-level talent to the classroom. That’s the bold idea spelled out by former Nevada Superintendent Dr. James W. Guthrie in a new Nevada Policy Research Institute report. Guthrie was Nevada’s first appointed […]

NPRI reacts to Senate Republican tax increase proposal

NPRI NEWS RELEASE CARSON CITY — Responding to today’s proposal by six Senate Republicans to more than double Nevada’s mining tax in order to increase education funding, NPRI’s deputy policy director, Geoffrey Lawrence, released the following comments: If spending alone were the key to improving Nevada’s education system, then it’s particularly curious why educational achievement […]

NPRI: Assembly Republicans’ plan would reform education while defending taxpayers

NPRI NEWS RELEASE CARSON CITY — In response to an Assembly Republican press conference on education policy, NPRI’s Deputy Policy Director Geoffrey Lawrence released the following comments: The education-reform agenda announced by the Assembly Republicans is quite encouraging in many respects. Like Governor Sandoval, Assembly Republicans have grasped that, in public education, we frequently don’t […]

NPRI: Kirkpatrick wrong on education-spending claims

NPRI NEWS RELEASE LAS VEGAS — In a speech earlier today, Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick claimed, “For too long the answer to education has been to cut.” Responding to her comments, Victor Joecks, communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute, issued the following comments: Speaker Kirkpatrick’s statement that “for far too long the answer […]

OPINION: Top 10 ideas for bill draft requests: 1-5

By Geoffrey Lawrence The polls are closed. The excitement is over. Nevadans now know who will represent them during the 2013 legislative session. Now the real work begins. The Silver State faces challenges on nearly every front. Its economy remains beleaguered, its public education system is failing and its public finances are a mess. That […]

Study touts new measures for teacher effectiveness

By Sean Whaley, Nevada News Bureau CARSON CITY – As Nevada policy makers work to ensure that ineffective teachers are removed from classrooms around the state, a new report released today provides evidence to support the use of test scores to measure how much individual teachers contribute to pupil achievement. Using quantitative measures to evaluate […]

Lawmakers endorse new weighted funding formula for public education

By Sean Whaley, Nevada News Bureau CARSON CITY – A panel of lawmakers today recommended that Nevada’s public education funding formula be revised to take into account the higher cost of educating specific groups of students, including English-language learners and children in poverty. But lawmakers also acknowledged that updating the formula won’t mean any significant […]

OPINION: Protecting bad teachers job No. 1 for NSEA

SUBMITTED BY NPRI By Victor Joecks Last month, the Nevada State Education Association voted to not endorse Democratic challenger John Oceguera in his race for Nevada’s 3rd congressional seat against Republican Rep. Joe Heck. Since endorsing Democrats is usually a formality for the NSEA, the news was surprising. Why didn’t Oceguera receive the endorsement of the hyper-partisan […]