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AIR DATE: May 17, 2013

Film star Angelina Jolie made news this week, when she announced that she had a preventative double mastectomy. Will her decision set off a wave of preemptive surgeries? There are competing tax proposals in the Nevada Legislature -- which one will dominate? And which one is best for generative revenue for education? We'll take a look at what's going on in the OJ trial, and whatever else is on your mind.

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    Whoever Jeri or Gerry was on State of Nevada, she knows nothing. She has her opinion, but it is a political statement, not based on any facts. Nevada is way underfunded in education, it's a disgrace. I have no kid in schools, and I am not in the education establishment. But I know facts. Fact 1. Nevada is near the bottom in per pupil spending, nationally. Fact 2, vouchers and charter do not do better. They are about the same level of student performance, and 20 years of hard research shows this. Fact 3. The straw man set up of "waste and too much administration" is a political talking point, not a fact. Whoever this is admitted she knows nothing about this, but why she was brought on is a disgrace. It like you always bringing on Chuck Muth against all taxes. He has no credibility either.
    Tom in SummerlintMay 17, 2013 21:47:51 PM
    What is TRUNK? I would like to research them, but am not finding anything on Google. Why is a representative of this organization given a voice on this forum? She is really dragging down what could otherwise be an interesting discussion.
    SaraMay 17, 2013 09:54:50 AM
    They are not a real organization. Just a couple Sharron Angle supporters who created a group and have delusions that they are political players. They call themselves Tea Partiers but even those folks are embarrassed about them. Every candidate that gets involved with them loses big and they have no following. They are the worst representatives for the conservative and Republican cause. Really horrible that NPR keeps using them as representatives.
    Steve DMay 17, 2013 10:08:51 AM
    Yay, Mike! You hit the nail on the head. Who are these ladies? Some of them seem to be WAY out of their depth! They should not be allowed to speak to the edcation issue if they know nothing of current eductional research. Charter schools and vouchers are NOT a fix-all. There is a mountain of research on charter schools. The research is that a small monority of these are exceptional at educating students. Most, however, preform at about the same level (or at a lower achievement level) than traditional public schools.
    SaraMay 17, 2013 09:50:19 AM
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    Bill HMay 17, 2013 09:46:53 AM
    ELL programs are underfunded!!!! I agree the taxes on mining is not gonna take jobs, they are gonna pay. They should it is only fair if the casinos have to pay they should too!! And if she is not an expert in education she should not comment!
    Melissa May 17, 2013 09:43:16 AM
    Jerry claims that it is "unfair" to tax mining since it is an industry that ir largely limited to one part of the state. What about the inequality of constitutional protections for one industry (e.g. mining) over all other industries. I say tax the heck out of mining. Our education system is going under.
    SaraMay 17, 2013 10:04:56 AM
    Please consider having a conversation about Common Core Standards and what their adoption means not only to Nevada's students, parents, teachers, and schools, but the unnecessary cost (i.e. research firms, educational businesses, test and textbook design and overhaul and on and on) and impact of a federally mandated, largely untested change to the education system. The tests will also provide data collection for Federal government.
    Sara GatesMay 16, 2013 13:24:25 PM
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