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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Legislature discusses education issues

We are in the fifth week of the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session and already numerous education bills have been introduced and discussed in committees. This session is quickly developing a focus on education, much like the last session in 2015.

The Assembly Committee on Education meets every Monday and Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. The chair of the committee is Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson and the vice chair is Assemblywoman Amber Joiner.  You can monitor the committee here  or even view the meetings (livestream or archives) by clicking here.

The Senate Committee on Education meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m.  The chair of the committee is Senator Mo Denis and the vice chair is Senator Joyce Woodhouse.  You can monitor the committee here or even view the meetings (livestream or archives) here.

Each year for the past 12 years, the Nevada Association of School Superintendents has met to establish a legislative platform that encompasses the needs of all school districts across Nevada.  The name of the plan is iNVest. The 2017 plan focuses on the following issues:  providing adequate basic support, complete conversion to the weighted funding formula, preserving current funding sources, establishing a rainy day fund, improving and expanding school facilities, increasing the teacher pipeline, and support for professional development.  

While each of the school districts in Nevada is very different, we all have the same basic needs as outlined in iNVest. Please review the document here. We will present iNVest 2017 to the Senate Committee on Education on March 7, 2017, and to the Assembly Committee on Education on March 8, 2017.

The CCSD Board of Trustees has developed a legislative platform to give direction for our lobbying team during the session. You can review the platform here.

As we move through the legislative session, we provide weekly updates through the CCSD Session Spotlight newsletter.  You can access previous issues of the CCSD Session Spotlight here, or if you would like to receive them by email, you can sign up here.

Here are a few ways you can let legislators know how you feel:

1. Send an email or hard copy mail. Go here and here to get contact information for legislators. Email addresses, office addresses, phone numbers (sometimes even personal cell phone numbers!) are listed.

2. If you don’t know who your legislators, click here. Type in your address and you’ll get a list of the senate, assembly, congressional and board of regents district you’re in, as well as a link to the elected officials in those offices.

3. Use the “share your opinion” option on the Nevada Legislature website. On this website you can identify the bill number, indicate whether you are for or against it, and type in comments.

This legislative session is extremely important for education in Nevada.  Please stay informed and involved!