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May 29, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Better education requires structure

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If you look at how education is viewed in Nevada, teachers really have no chance of survival. I am sure you have heard many things in the news about the teacher’s salary cuts while the strain and stress of teaching increases. I am sure you recall how Nevada voted not to increase the tax on home-owners that would help fund education. After living here almost a decade I am frankly not surprised it came back as a “no.”

When I decided to move to Nevada from the East Coast almost 10 years ago, I assumed that since Las Vegas was a thriving city, a mecca for tourists from all over the world, and had a plethora of wealth, surely the benefits received would pour over into the education system.

So much for assuming. As the years have passed, I have seen that this is not the case. Even though America has just survived a devastating economic crash, I believe Nevada still has a chance to lead the nation in education. But it takes wise decision-making on all levels.

This can only happen with the right structure, and sadly, the Legislature — as well as the largest district in the state — possess a very poor example of organized and efficiently run structures.

The author is a public school teacher.

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