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Tele-Town Hall: Representative Dina Titus

Tele-Town Hall: Representative Dina Titus

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Teachers to Titus: We're Not Waiting for Superman. Townhall meeting attracts more than 600 Nevada educators

Nevada educators participating in a town hall meeting with Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV-3) underlined the need not for superheroes, but for\ parents, educators, and elected leaders to work together to shape the direction of public schools.

"Put away the red capes," said Lynn Warne, president of the Nevada State Education Association, "Schools that are struggling need parents, students and elected leaders and other members of our community engaged and involved."

Turning around low performing schools is a high priority for Nevada educators. Educators reject labeling these schools as "failing" because of the stigma students attach to attending a failing school. Instead, educators refer to these schools as "priority schools." The NEA has launched a multi-year campaign focused on helping educators in priority schools improve student achievement.

Earlier this year Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Nevada would receive $23.4 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. Two schools in Titus' district have received SIG grants.

Educators discussed a number of other issues with Titus including teacher recruitment and retention, education funding including the federal government’s tendency to favor competitive grants versus formula funding, the next iteration of the Elementary Secondary Education Act, commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind, and the need for a federal Department of Education.

"Teachers are the greatest asset we have in our schools, and their experience and expertise are invaluable as we work to make our public schools better for all children, said Rep. Titus. "That is why I have been fighting to make sure teachers have the resources they need to succeed and reaching out to hear directly from teachers about their suggestions and comments regarding how our education laws can be improved to support the important work that happens in our schools every day." 

 Listen to the townhall meeting.