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Nevada candidate for governor turns to Jeb Bush, Florida for ed reform ideas

Many aspects of Florida's education accountability program, such as school grading and increased choice, have emerged across the nation as Republican leaders in Indiana, Arizona and other states have put them into play.

The latest to draw from the Jeb Bush playbook is Nevada's GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval, who leads his Democrat challenger by about 20 points in the polls.

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval on Tuesday unveiled his plan to reform Nevada's worst-in-the-nation schools.

Sandoval said he would use school vouchers, grades for schools, higher standards of accountability for teachers and administrators, and privatized food service and other school functions.

His education plan is full of tough rhetoric and a promise it won't cost taxpayers an extra dime -- much like that of Democratic candidate Rory Reid. Both plans renew the debate over whether the Silver State can achieve true reform as long as it remains near the bottom in terms of education spending.

"I don't believe it is about money," Sandoval said. "I believe it is about the way education is delivered. The bottom line is this, we need to improve graduation rates and improve test scores for kids."

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:09am]


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