RENO — Washoe County School District Superintendent Heath Morrison will deliver the annual State of Education Address at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the McQueen High School Theater, 6055 Lancer St.
Morrison will provide an update on the progress of the Washoe County School District’s strategic plan, “Envision WCSD 2015 – Investing In Our Future.” He will also share some of the achievements of schools under the reform plan and discuss the areas in which WCSD still needs to improve to ensure students truly are ready for college or have the skills needed for a career.
In addition, Morrison will speak about the budget process, how the district will deal with the challenges that lie ahead and the value of a high-quality education system to the economy.
The address will be streamed live starting at 6 p.m. the night of the presentation on the WCSD website at www.washoecountyschools.org/community/legislative-session.
Education Alliance issues ‘Crises in Nevada’ report
RENO — As Nevada prepares for a historic and critically important legislative session, the Education Alliance of Washoe County has released “Crises in Nevada: Education and the Economy,” a comprehensive white paper detailing the impact education has on the state’s economy.
The paper compiles data from a number of nationally recognized business and research organizations to illustrate the direct link between the current state of Nevada’s education system and key economic factors, such as business development, workforce development and quality of life. Over the next month, the group will present the white paper to legislators, media outlets and business leaders around the state in an effort to remind them that education funding and accountability need their support as difficult policy decisions are made over the next several months.
“I think, generally, the public understands the importance of having a quality education system,” said Jim Pfrommer, current Education Alliance board president. “However, we believe that education isn’t just an important part of a community’s quality of life and economic prosperity. Education is the foundation on which most economic development models are predicated and the data contained in this paper supports that.”
The 45-page white paper examines the current state of Nevada’s economy and its educational system. It suggests solutions, including funding initiatives, and calls for establishing aggressive educational performance targets and holding educational institutions accountable with a set time frame to achieve specific goals.
“The public knows Nevada is in critical care and we believe a big change has to happen within our educational system to jump start our economy,” said Denise Hedrick, executive director for the Education Alliance. “We also believe you can’t overcome challenges without concrete solutions which is why the Alliance provided such a comprehensive paper.”
To download “Crises in Nevada: Education and the Economy,” visit www.ed-alliance.org/publications/.