My threefold platform aims to revolutionize our education system to bring to Nevada’s students the education they need to be successful in the 21st century.
- Increase investment in technical careers and training. Advocating for an increased focus on vocational training such as career and technical education (CTE) as a way to foster practical skills and labor market integration. These programs would improve career opportunities by providing students with hands-on training and the soft skills necessary to succeed in the labor market. These CTE programs would additionally improve core academic skills by fostering student engagement and motivating students to attend school regularly.
- Increase funding for magnet programs. Advocating for magnet programs will provide families with high-quality, integrated options for their child's education. We need to increase funding to make sure that magnet schools can continue to provide and sustain great teachers and programs. Historically, magnet schools and programs have produced significantly higher student achievement scores on all core subjects.
- Increased pay for our educators. Advocating for an increase in pay for our educators to match and exceed national averages. We can no longer afford to ignore the systematic evidence that exists that teacher salaries affect student outcomes; better teacher pay leads to higher quality teachers, which leads to improved student performance.
We can make this happen, by:
- Creating a culture of transparency. To meet the challenges of teaching in an increasingly connected world, school leaders, educators and community members could benefit from building a culture of transparency and connectivity, creating a culture of sharing around the successes and struggles of teaching and learning.
- Fostering school and community partnerships. Community collaboration with schools complements and reinforces values, culture and the learning opportunities that schools can provide for their students.
- Increasing budget for education. Nationally, the most recent data indicates $11,762 is spent on public education per student. Significant variation exists across states; New York spends more than $20,000 per student, while states like Nevada spends $8,960 per student. These extreme spending inequities have an impact, and a large body of research suggests that money does matter in education. When school districts spend money wisely, they have better outcomes, including higher test scores, increased graduation rates, and other improved indicators of student achievement. There is no denying that per pupil funding improves outcomes. Increasing per-pupil spending by 10% in all 12 school-age years increases probability of high school graduation by as much as 10 percentage points for all students. We must prioritize our future by prioritizing our students' education.