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Two reports find Las Vegas to be worst city in the nation for education
Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, July 28, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Paul Takahashi (contact)

Posted on 07/29/2012 10:18:10 AM PDT by redreno

Despite some gains in student achievement, Las Vegas has been named the worst city in the nation for education, according to two rankings released this week.

Parenting Magazine came out with a list of the top 10 worst cities for education in America in 2012. Topping that list is Las Vegas, which was dinged for its schools’ high pupil-to-teacher ratio and a lower-than-average per-pupil funding.

The magazine, which has a circulation of more than 2 million readers, cited the recession as a cause for Las Vegas’ low education ranking. The Clark County School District was recently downgraded by two Wall Street credit-rating agencies, complicating the district’s plans to address $5.3 billion in school maintenance needs, the magazine said.

The Baltimore-based children’s reach group Annie E. Casey Foundation also released its 22nd annual Kids Count data book, which ranks states on a variety of factors, including education. The foundation worked with UNLV to determine the rankings.

According to the foundation, Nevada ranks 50th in the nation in education despite improving in several key indicators.

(Excerpt) Read more at lasvegassun.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: corruptpublicunions; education; lasvegas; nevada; notreno; publicschools; publicsectorunions; schoolsteachers; schoolteachers; werenumber50

1 posted on 07/29/2012 10:18:14 AM PDT by redreno
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To: redreno

This probably helps explain why Nevada continues to send Dingy Harry Reid back to Washington D.C. to antagonize the rest of the country.


2 posted on 07/29/2012 10:23:10 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: redreno

Why just education?


3 posted on 07/29/2012 10:24:15 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: redreno

Hard to believe that any school district could be worse than the one in DC.


4 posted on 07/29/2012 10:25:42 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: redreno

I don’t know about that.

There are a lot of sharp people who were taken to school there.


5 posted on 07/29/2012 10:33:47 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: redreno

Makes sense, nobody knows how to count beyond 21.


6 posted on 07/29/2012 10:37:40 AM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: redreno

They base it on spending per pupil and teacher to student ratio?

Must be a teacher’s union project.


7 posted on 07/29/2012 10:39:10 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: redreno

These reports ought to kill tourism to ‘Vegas in a hurry, no?


8 posted on 07/29/2012 10:46:16 AM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

“Hard to believe that any school district could be worse than the one in DC.”

DC schools get all the money they want.


9 posted on 07/29/2012 10:52:52 AM PDT by MCF
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To: redreno

Here is a real beauty: A comment on the article from a teacher-

“Second, they then jump to stats saying 25% of Nevada students aren’t proficient in reading. Hmmmm. On July 3rd CCSD test scores were published. 70% of 4th graders WERE proficient in reading.”

Last time I checked, that means 30% were NOT proficient.
Apparently she isn’t a math teacher.


10 posted on 07/29/2012 10:55:00 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: redreno

” high pupil-to-teacher ratio and a lower-than-average per-pupil funding.”

And those two “criteria” somehow make LV the worst?

How about the quality of the teachers? The condition and adequacy of the facilities? The competence of the administrators? Parent involvement?

Yeah, I realize these are subjective measurements, but to label a district as the “worst” or “ten worst” and then try to splash it in the headlines seems unfair and ingenuous.


11 posted on 07/29/2012 11:03:21 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: redreno

I’m amazed the teacher’s union doesn’t tout the students’ performance. Wouldn’t that be a measurement of how good the educational system is?


12 posted on 07/29/2012 11:27:02 AM PDT by khenrich (These days, people pine for Jimmy Carter........)
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To: redreno

Money grab report! The schools with the highest student to teacher ratio outperform every school with the lowest student to teacher ratios in the Clark County school district. Each of these outperforming schools costs less per student.

A demonstrated result: Putting more teachers on staff and paying them more results in worse performance. The more staff, the more money spent, the worse the result. The most expensive school with the lowest ratio of teachers to students has the worst performing students in the district.

The theory has been tried, shown to be a failure, in this district specifically. While there are many conclusions and factors to consider, the one theory that has been utterly disproven is spending more improves the end results.


13 posted on 07/29/2012 11:34:40 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: redreno

The only element that matters is the students’ performance. I don’t see that taking top priority in this “study.”


14 posted on 07/29/2012 11:39:59 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("To contracept is to rebuke a woman for being a woman." ~ Donald DeMarco)
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To: redreno

The criteria used are straight out of the teacher’s union playbook — not results-oriented.


15 posted on 07/29/2012 11:51:35 AM PDT by expat2
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To: redreno

No need for education when they have the brain Harry Reid running things for them.


16 posted on 07/29/2012 12:57:12 PM PDT by Logical me
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Re: Two reports find Las Vegas to be worst city in the nation for education

Balderdash! I went to Las Vegas with $500 and, boy oh boy, did they ever... give me an education!

17 posted on 07/29/2012 1:42:30 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: redreno
dinged for its schools’ high pupil-to-teacher ratio and a lower-than-average per-pupil funding

Those are standards that only teachers' unions could love.

I call B.S.. What matters are results. And even those are the responsibility of the students.

18 posted on 07/29/2012 4:45:59 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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