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Opinion: Rory Reid stays busy, opponent stays silent



roryreid-150x150-5619332-2727132LAS VEGAS–Rory Reid spent the past week traveling across Nevada, offering real solutions to fixing our struggling education system, as his opponent hid from questions and ducked debates.

“I am the one candidate committed to building the bridge between strong schools and a stronger economy,” Reid said. “Just like Jim Gibbons, Brian Sandoval is determined to tear it down. That’s the choice in this election and I’m 100 percent committed to the fight.”

Brian Sandoval spent the first week of the general election campaign saying nothing and showing no leadership, even when a shocking report from Education Week showed Nevada has fallen to the absolute rock bottom of national education rankings with a 42 percent graduation rate.

Sandoval has yet to offer one idea for improving education in Nevada, instead proposing taking $110 million from 7- and 8-year-old’s classrooms, laying off one in five teachers and proposing vouchers that would suck even more money from our children’s schools.

Sandoval also has yet to respond to debate challenges from a pair of statewide media outlets, when Reid immediately accepted challenges last week from “Face to Face” and “Nevada Newsmakers.”

Reid hosted an education roundtable discussion Thursday in Reno with Lynn Warne, Nevada State Education Association president, and five Northern Nevada teachers. Under Sandoval’s education plan one of those five teachers would be laid off.

“Sandoval wants to treat our dedicated educators like reality show contestants, forcing one in five to be voted off the island,” Warne, who oversees the organization representing 30,000 public school educators, said. “Rory is the only candidate for governor fighting for better schools and proposing giving teachers the freedom to do what they were trained to do.”

In the meantime, Sandoval said . . . nothing. He has not done any serious interviews and will not commit to the kind of debate Nevadans deserve. He has no plan to reform education or rebuild our economy, and the budget plan he released would add 5,000 Nevada teachers to the unemployment line. Sandoval does not understand that strong schools are the key to a strong economy.

Also, in the past week, Reid announced the formation of Madrinas for Rory’s Plan, a group of more than 30 Latina business, faith, community and political leaders in Las Vegas. He also held a World Cup party for supporters and shared his plan to create strong schools for a stronger economy in Nevada with a group of Hispanic voters.

His wife, Cindy, hosted a series of meetings and a packed-house Women for Rory reception in Reno on Wednesday, building Reid’s growing supporter base across the state.

Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success–supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about Reid’s campaign or to download his plans, visit Rory2010.com.

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