Every legislative session, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education is active in policy and advocacy related to charter schools and/or education reform. Below is a summary of bills that passed during the 2009 Nevada Legislative session which ended on June 1, 2009, after reaching its 120-day limit as mandated by the Nevada Constitution:
AB 393 amends existing law to authorize such a charter school to enroll a child who was enrolled in a pre-kindergarten or other early childhood educational program at the charter school and to enroll a child whose parent is employed full-time by the charter school before enrolling other eligible children.
Prior to the beginning of the 2009 Legislative Session, the staff members of Agassi Prep asked for the opportunity to enroll their children. With the longer school day and longer school year, staff members with school aged children often face obstacles in the education of their own children, so AB 393 allows staff members to consider Agassi Prep as an option. However, the Governing Board of Agassi Prep passed a policy in June that would allow this process as long as the children of the community were the priority. In addition, if the Foundation started a Pre-K program, AB 393 would allow its Pre-K students to a seamless enrollment at Agassi Prep without having to participate in a second lottery.
AB 488 revises provisions governing the allowances that may be paid to a retired public employee who accepts employment or an independent contract with a public employer in a position for which there is a critical labor shortage.
Charters are designed to have the flexibility in operations and governance with increased responsibility for accountability. AB 488 provides the Agassi Prep Governing Board the flexibility to determine what school staff positions are deemed in short supply and allows the Governing Board to adopt a process to hire retired public employees who have the skill set needed for the position.
SB 391 amends existing law to authorize such a charter school to enroll a child who is in a particular category of at-risk pupils if the child meets the eligibility for enrollment prescribed by the charter school for that particular category.
Agassi Prep is continuously working to enhance its admissions process. SB 391 allows the Agassi Prep admissions process to focus on the children it was designed to serve.
Initiatives not enacted, yet show progress of Charter School legislation:
SB 330 makes various changes regarding the Department of Education, the State Board of Education and various councils and commissions related to the system of public education in this State.
During the last couple of years, discussions about education reform throughout the state have increased significantly. SB 330, introduced by the Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, would provide an avenue for a strategic approach to education reform at a state level. Although,
SB 330 did not pass, it has created a great discussion among those interested in education reform.
SB 378 requires the Department of Education to adopt a plan for early childhood education for programs of pre-kindergarten education which are provided by a school district or charter school or which are supported by public money.
Nevada does not have an early childhood program or mandatory Pre-K program funded by the state. SB 378 would provide a road map for early childhood education. However, the Governor vetoed the bill.
Click to download PDF of Foundation’s Legislative Bills:
- SB 384 R3 - March 18, 2013
Revises provisions relating to charter schools.
- SB 212 - June 15, 2011
Provisions relating to sponsorship of charter schools.
- AB 393 - July 1, 2009
Provisions relating to enrollment in charter schools.
- SB 330 - Introduced March 16, 2009
Proposed legislation to enact the Initiative for A World-Class Education in Nevada.
- SB 391 - March 23, 2009
Revises provisions relating to enrollment in charter schools.
- AB 488 - May 29, 2009
Revises provisions governing the hiring of public teachers.
- AB 162 - May 29, 2009
Revises provisions governing operation of charter schools.