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Opinion: Nevada has a crisis, Rory Reid has a plan



roryreid-150x150-6670142-4428013Rory Reid today is hitting the airwaves with his second advertisement of the gubernatorial campaign, comparing his bold and innovative plan to reform Nevada’s struggling schools with Brian Sandoval’s plan to lay off one in five teachers.

The new ad, titled “Plans,” draws the stark comparison between Reid’s plan to totally transform Nevada’s schools and his opponent’s proposals to raid $110 million from elementary school class-size reduction programs and lay off teachers while balancing the state budget on the backs of our children.

The ad invites voters to judge the facts on their own by visiting Sandovalfactcheck.com and to download Reid’s education plan at Rory2010.com.

Sandovalfactcheck.com provides the facts about Sandoval’s policy proposals that would have an immediate and long-lasting negative impact on our schools, our children, our teachers, and our economy.

More than three months ago, Reid released “The Leading EDGE,” his plan to reform Nevada’s education system. The budget-neutral plan cuts bureaucracy in Carson City and at the district level, moving resources directly into Nevada classrooms.

Among the proposals in “The Leading EDGE”:

— Giving responsibility to the schools. Principals should make decisions on how to use their resources, making them accountable for the success of their schools.

— Making sure standardized test scores aren’t the only measure of success. We need to measure how our educators do in improving student performance on an individual basis, over the course of the school year, instead of just looking at a snapshot of how our students are doing.

— Ensuring Nevada has world-class teachers in every classroom. We need to train, attract and retain the best teachers in the country.

— Providing a choice for parents. Parents should be able to choose where to send their kids to school.

— Ending classroom micromanagement by Carson City. We must streamline bureaucracy and give responsibility for Nevada classrooms to those with the expertise to do it: teachers and principals.

Sandoval’s agenda for education continues Jim Gibbons’ legacy of devastating, economy-killing cuts. Sandoval does not understand the crucial link between education and economy–or the impact his proposals will have by putting 5,000 Nevada teachers to our longest-in-the-nation unemployment line.

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 his campaign or to download his plans–visit Rory2010.com.

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