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New Release: Beyond Small Change: Reforming Nevada’s Approach to Education Reform

Posted: June 13, 2013

When it comes to education, Nevada’s reputation as a low-performing state in no way reflects a shortage of reforms.  The politics of high-stakes accountability characteristic of federal education policy since the 1980s has resulted in much reform, but “small change” in terms of funding and improved outcomes in the Silver State.  This brief examines the history of Nevada education reform and why Nevada must reform its approach to improving schools by turning its attention from unfunded mandates to adequate and equitable investments in education.  It concludes with a discussion of how Nevada policymakers and educational leaders can move beyond small change to transform the educational trajectory of a state that is uniquely positioned for educational and economic success.

Beyond Small Change: Reforming Nevada’s Approach to Education Reform