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Education


Libertarians believe competition in education between private and public organizations will lead to a better education system along with more parental influence in their children's education.


Public schools should not hold an educational monopoly, private schools should be allowed to compete. Market forces would make cheaper, higher quality education available to more students. Education spending has tripled relative to inflation, while test scores have remained stagnant. Instead of funding a failing state monopoly on education, lawmakers should raise the quality of education by funding individual students and giving the parents the ability to select which school their children should attend.

Most solutions proposed for increase education performance requires significant increase in investment from tax payers. Before any additional money is allocated to education, Libertarians demand full transparency from all school districts which includes all expenditures so a true per pupil cost can be identified by each school district. Additionally, each school district should maintain a searchable online database of their finances so the taxpayers can see where their money is going.

(1) Nevadans already spend more per pupil than a majority of their regional neighbors. Yet, children in Nevada outscore only those of California, another high spending state. The problem appears to be structural, not funding‐related. In 2011, lawmakers agreed to legislation creating an alternative teacher‐ certification program, a statewide charter school authority, a meaningful evaluation system for teachers and a teacher merit‐pay program. Lawmakers need to remain vigilant so that the regulations implementing these changes are not written so narrowly as to reduce their impact. Moreover, those reforms should be regarded as merely the beginning and not the end. School choice programs (such as tax‐credit scholarship programs) and the expansion of online learning will boost student achievement very cost‐effectively.

Nevada should create a Public Education Tax Credit. This allows businesses facing a tax liability in Nevada — such as the Modified Business Tax, sales tax or gaming tax — to receive a dollar‐for‐dollar tax credit for donations into a scholarship fund that would finance the educational dreams of Nevada's children.

Nevada should establish a "Recovery School District." Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize failure factories. If a government school cannot meet the educational needs of Nevada families, then it should close and have its staff reorganized and, potentially, be converted into a charter school. Lawmakers can model this change after Louisiana's Recovery School District — a special statewide school district that helps failing schools transition into successful charter schools.

Nevada should increase the number of charter schools. Charter schools are an important component of school choice. State laws governing charter schools should grant as much flexibility as possible to administrators and allow for open entry of online charter schools.

Libertarians also believe parents are best suited to make decisions on their child's education.

(1) Geoffrey Lawrence, "Solutions 2013," Nevada Policy Research Institute policy study, 2013