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November 19, 2017

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Nevada ranks last for quality education, new report says

CARSON CITY — Nevada’s public schools rank last in the nation, according to a new report, despite hundreds of millions of dollars poured into the system by the state Legislature in 2015.

The research center at Education Week today gave Nevada a D grade, with a score of 65.2 out of 100 in the quality of education ratings.

The average grade among the states was 74.4 for a C average. Mississippi was the only other state to get a D, with a score of 65.6.

Massachusetts ranked first in the nation with a B+ grade and a score of 86.8.

Steve Canavero, state superintendent of public instruction, said he doesn’t dispute the findings. But new programs funded by the 2015 Legislature are just beginning to take root, he said. Once they do, Nevada could move up the grading ladder fast, he said.

“Today’s announcement serves as another stark reminder that all Nevadans deserve a better education system and the initiatives and reforms in place from the 2015 session must remain if we are to deliver better schools for our children,” Canavero said.

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