Make Education SEEN!

The way for this to happen is for us to tell our story, and do it well. Our goal is to make sure that Nevadans know what is involved in improving education in our state, and that there are awesome ways to get involved and do better for our state and our kids. Come along for the ride!

Wednesday – Red for Ed

On Wednesdays, we have started a way to let everyone know who supports Nevada education. Wear a red shirt, red shoes, red top, hoody, or even red hair, don’t care! Join us with pride and let folks know and understand how widespread our movement is! Check out photos in the Gallery!

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Giving Teachers a Living Wage

Teachers have not had a raise since 2007. And yet, the cost of living in Northern Nevada has increased by 21% just since 2012. This last year, teachers lost an additional 8% of pay due to increased PERS (retirement contribution) costs. Additionally, insurance costs have increased 30% in recent years.

The average starting wage for a teacher is $35,000/year. That comes out to about $3,600/month. Many teachers can’t afford to live in the communities where they teach.

There is not a shortage of teachers, there is a shortage of Master’s level-educated professionals willing to work for $35,000/year.

Increasing base teacher pay by 21%, which is what our cost of living has increased since 2012, puts a base salary at $43,560.

Here is another interesting report from the National Education Association: 2018 State Rankings and 2019 Estimates

What are the costs of NOT doing this?

This is vital to changing our system.

Smaller Class Sizes

Right now, the average class size in Washoe County schools is 25-28. That is an average. There are classrooms that have 54 students in one room, and two teachers. It’s a kindergarten room. That means two teachers carry the responsibility for 27 students each. This doesn’t allow the students to get the attention and education they deserve, and it’s frustrating and disheartening for the teachers.

All teachers want to make a positive impact on their students. That’s very hard to do when ratios are so high.

According to the study, the optimal class size is 13-17, with the ideal being 15.

The National Education Association published a brief on this, check it out: Class Size Reduction, A Proven Strategy