GOP Bills Target Education Reforms

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Two Republican-backed bills introduced in the Nevada Senate seek to impose new education reforms affecting under-performing schools and teacher layoffs.

SB195 sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson would allow parents of students in under-performing schools to petition the school board to make specific changes, including changing the governance structure to an empowerment school.

SB193, sponsored by Sen. Greg Brower, would require school districts to consider the evaluations of teachers and administrators when determining layoffs. Under existing law, evaluations can be considered when layoffs are implemented. Brower's bill would require performance evaluations be factored when layoff decisions are made.

Both measures were introduced Wednesday and come as Democrats are pushing their own education proposals, including mandating all-day kindergarten and limiting class sizes in early elementary school grades.


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