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April 19, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Spending may not improve education

While visiting your wonderful city, I read a Sun article, “Unions to seek initiative for business profits tax” that discussed the need to “fix our education system.” The Sun’s Sunday editorial “Move education forward” asserted “the district still needs to improve student achievement.”

OK, but who will guarantee that spending more money will improve education?

Every second of class time is already used, so what new material will be added as replacement and how will the teaching process be changed?

Statistics record 63,329 doctorates in education were awarded during the past decade. Can those new doctors answer those simple questions, because politicians can’t.

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  1. Education and student achievement is not just about more money, bigger schools and better paid teachers and administrators. It's about dedication, commitment and pride in teaching and learning. Parents need to instill in children the importance of education so that they are inspired to learn, achieve and excel. Can't put a dollar amount on this.

    CarmineD

  2. Longer school days. Longer school years. Put teachers on FULL TIME and year round. Teach reading in elementary school. No advancement UNTIL you can read at grade level. And writing, basic composition within a grade level.

  3. Birdie: Alabama gets better K-12 results than Nevada. They seem to be not doing so much that is not working.

  4. We all have posted quick fix proposals on how to improve things in our Great state. Until we find a way to encourage high school students to finish high school and graduate, We can't address other school problems and expect levels to improve.We Nevadans have one of the lowest percentage of students who graduate from high school 47.3 percent state wide and 46.8 percent for all of Clark County.First things first.

  5. "who will guarantee that spending more money will improve education?".

    Who will guarantee that spending more money on defense will save lives? When Defense spending paid for by money from Medicare, the Dept of Education, Urban Housing and Development etc. will that save lives and make us ALL safer? A 100% Guarantee isn't the goal.

    What is most probable, almost a certain bet, is that spending less money on education will NOT improve education. Money that is spent directly on the teaching and educational process, not awards dinners is the critical factor. Larger class sizes create authoritarians and crowd control techniques, not inspirational lectures.

    To improve education, improve the home environment so that students have peace, quiet and no interruptions during evening studies.

  6. Yeh......We should look to Alabama!!!!!Maybe we should start lynching people too.....

  7. Education needs to be locally based. When a district is too large, changing anything becomes too unwieldy, like trying to make a sharp turn with a massive ship at sea. Change can come, but with risks and quite slowly. So to serve neighborhoods better and have more effective and meaningful parent/student/community/teacher involvement, we should look at breaking a super large school district down to more manageable sizes. Then, it is also much, much easier for transparency with individual schools, and being able to address unique challenges to that school towards success.

    Loved Carmine D, Tanker 1975, and Jon Becker's comments. They highlighted some very basic reasons and points towards improving Nevada's educational system, Clark County's specifically. Unfortunately, the school system is subject to "the haves and have nots syndrome."

    The more elite schools have strong support to supply their needs, wants, and desires, while the poorer schools struggle to fill necessary supply lists and are lacking home support, leaving school PTAs, counselors, and administrators scrambling for needed items each and every year. Even with creative cost cutting as recycling, energy audits/monitoring, outreach to humanitarian organizations(thank you for helping our schools!), poor schools are still left lacking.

    Until LAWMAKERS quit "kicking the political can down the road," and begin to meaningfully and effectively address the Nevada Constitution in taxation and revenue for this state, especially in regards to mining, who pays a mere pittance in taxes after all their exemptions, underfunding our infrastructure, which includes schools, will continue. Voters need to hold LAWMAKERS accountable for this mess which has been chronic and going on for over a century.

    FYI: I do NOT receive any compensation, favors, or perks, for my postings here or elsewhere. =)

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star