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Monday, October 11, 2010

Nevada needs Florida's reforms



Since 1959 Nevada has increased per-pupil spending 180 percent and we still score below average on national tests. The fact is, spending more money hasn’t worked in the past, and it won’t work in the future. That is why we need serious reform.

Fortunately, we have as an example the state of Florida, which continues to prove that genuine reform works. The 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress report shows Florida continues its march of success. Nevada? Err, not so much.

Florida’s Hispanic students now tie or best the statewide average for all students of 30 other states (including Nevada) on the NAEP fourth-grade reading exam – up from 15 states two years ago. Florida’s black students now tie or best the statewide average for all students of eight states (including Nevada), up from two states two years ago. Even Florida’s low-income students best the statewide average of all Nevada’s students and beat or tie students from 13 other states.

Is there any doubt now that education needs to be seriously overhauled?

*Florida's low-income students outscore the statewide average of all Nevada students.

*Florida's Hispanic students outscore the statewide average of all Nevada students.

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