2012-13 Legislative Priorities and Program

1.

 
1. NSEA's current legislative priorities are:

A. Resources to attract and retain the best educators to Nevada's public schools.
B. Adequate funding to address overcrowded classrooms.
C. Improvement of Nevada's revenue structure.
D. Provide the necessary sources of funding for the support of Nevada's public schools.
E. performance audits to ensure that school districts are using the money effectively.

Do you agree with these priorities?

2. Please rate how important it is for NSEA to SUPPORT the following statements as they pertain to quality teaching and education:
Very ImportantSomewhat ImportantSomewhat UnimportantVery UnimportantNo OpinionDon't Understand Statement
Funding for increased salaries, retirement, and other monetary benefits for licensed personnel and education support professionals
Enhancing compensation to reward skills, knowledge, and responsibilities of licensed personnel and education support professionals
Increased and continued funding for enhanced compensation programs that are locally bargained
Increased funding for Nevada's education reform efforts such as a more modern evaluation tool, professional development, new teacher and student standards, and pay for performance
Funding for health insurance benefits for active and retired education personnel
Equal instruction time for both year round and standard schools before a standardized test is administered
Improved testing schedules to allow for maximum instruction time
A reduction in paperwork, red tape, and procedural formalities
Increased autonomy for individual school districts and schools
Better alignment of professional development opportunities with an educator's evaluation
A Peer Review System that will help new educators, and those educators whose practice is in need of improvement, receive professional development to help them improve
Staff positions at the Department of Education to support the numerous functions of public education
Enhanced compensation program criteria that are clearly stated and subject to objective measurement
Enhanced compensation programs that relate to school district's educational objectives
Enhanced compensation programs that do not prevent increases in basic compensation for all education employees
Enhanced compensation programs that do not diminish the professional status of those education employees who do not receive the additional compensation or in any way suggest that such education employees are not qualified for the positions they hold
3. Please rate how important it is for NSEA to SUPPORT the following statements as they pertain to enhanced learning:
Very ImportantSomewhat ImportantSomewhat UnimportantVery UnimportantNo OpinionDon't Understand Statement
Class size reduction for all grades
An extensive testing audit to ensure our schools are not wasting valuable time prepping for a test which is robbing them of valuable learning time
Lower class sizes for special education
Smaller case loads for speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists
Lower student/counselor ratios as well as lower student/nurse ratios
Requirement that 3rd graders NOT yet reading at a 3rd grade level may not enter 4th grade until their reading skills improve
Funding for the appropriate number of technology personnel to implement and support technology plans
The establishment of programs to address the achievement gap for minority students
Student support programs that are aligned with the needs of the student as determined by testing results, discussion with their principal, parents, and teachers
Expansion of English Language Learner programs in Nevada's schools
Funding for school modernization efforts in Nevada's school buildings
Funding programs for educational training and/or testing of paraprofessionals to satisfy the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Physical education, art, music, and other elective subjects for all students
Adequate materials and appropriately licensed staff for school libraries
Adequate funding to maintain facilities and equipment
Full-day Kindergarten programs in all Nevada's public schools
Adequate funding for student transportation
Early childhood education programs
Enhanced funding to support a safe school and work site environment
Enhanced support for suicide prevention programs
Appropriate professional development for all teachers and education support professionals
Equal emphasis for all subject areas
4. Please rate how important it is for NSEA to SUPPORT the following statements as they pertain to parental involvement and public support:
Very ImportantSomewhat ImportantSomewhat UnimportantVery UnimportantNo OpinionDon't Understand Statement
Funding for outreach programs for homeless students and families
Funding to expand Family Resource Centers throughout Nevada
Funding to expand English Language Learner programs for parents
Financial incentives for businesses that support employee participation in school governance and other school activities
5. Please rate how important it is for NSEA to SUPPORT the following statements as they pertain to high standards and accountability for all students:
Very ImportantSomewhat ImportantSomewhat UnimportantVery UnimportantNo OpinionDon't Understand Statement
Proper enforcement and adequate funding for alternative settings for disruptive pupils
Removal of disruptive pupils from student transportation
Fully-funded inter-session and after school activities
Remediation and reinforcement for students who do not master standards
Full enforcement of discipline and truancy laws with administrators being held accountable for this
Student testing that provides meaningful and timely information about individual student development and academic growth as it relates to state standards
Programs for peer mediation and mentoring
Making sure every school offers a safe environment for all children
6. Please rate how important it is for NSEA to OPPOSE the following statements as they pertain to member protection:
Very ImportantSomewhat ImportantSomewhat UnimportantVery UnimportantNo OpinionDon't Understand Statement
Legislation which would weaken the collective bargaining rights of education employees
Any compensation plan based on favoritism, subjective evaluation, or other arbitrary standards
Any compensation plan based solely on student achievement
Any attempt to interfere with political action or member representation in form of "pay check protection"
Any change in state law or educational regulation that would replace the teacher's classroom folder/grade book as the official attendance record of his or her students
Any legislation that attempted to remove an educator due to poor performance in two years or less
Privatization of services already provided for by the members of the recognized bargaining agent
Schools which operate "for profit"
Any legislation which would divert public money to private schools or instruction
Any legislation that places sanctions on educators without properly identifying the professional support they would need in order to improve their teaching practice
Any restriction of an instructor's authority and right to develop lesson plans and methods of instruction appropriate to his or her assignment
Any impediment to the exercises of professional judgment in helping students
Any legislation that would have a cost impact on staff training, qualifications or working conditions that is not fully funded
Indefinite suspension for education support professionals without monetary compensation
Any legislation that would change PERS from a defined benefit program to a defined contribution program
Any attempt to restrict the ability of public employees to hold elected office
Any legislation that places a post-probationary teacher back onto probation due to 2 consecutive years of poor evaluations without any sort of due process to defend their employment status
Not fully disclosing information to incoming education personal regarding unfair social security offsets such as the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision
7. Please rate how important it is for NSEA to SUPPORT the following statements as they pertain to member protection:
Very ImportantSomewhat ImportantSomewhat UnimportantVery UnimportantNo OpinionDon't Understand Statement
An expanded scope of mandatory bargaining to include class size, evaluations, student discipline, work load, curriculum development, structure of the work day, assignment and promotion of personnel, site budget allocations, mentoring, and enhanced compensation for recruitment and retention
Enhanced compensation programs that do not directly or indirectly limit the number of education employees who are eligible for the additional compensation and allows all licensed personnel and education support professionals equal opportunity to receive compensation
Enhanced compensation programs accomplished through the collective bargaining process or, in non-bargaining jurisdictions, it should be incorporated into legislation, employer policy, and/or other sources that establish the terms and conditions
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