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Democrats place priority on schools

Las Vegas Sun
By Senator Aaron Ford and Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick
Jan. 25, 2015

Bipartisan agreement is often hard to achieve. But Republicans and Democrats across Nevada agree that our state’s education system is broken. For too long, we’ve approached funding education as if we were stuck in the 1950s rather than addressing the current needs of our students and preparing for Nevada’s future. Indeed, as Gov. Brian Sandoval noted in his state of the state speech, many of our educational policies and the way we fund them are based in the last century. The results have been ugly: Our classrooms are overcrowded, our teachers lack the resources necessary to educate our students and our children are woefully unprepared to face the 21st century.

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Traffic safety group talks DUIs, hit-and-runs, pedestrian deaths

Las Vegas Sun
By Ana Ley
Jan. 20, 2015

Tackling topics like hit-and-run wrecks, pedestrian deaths and DUI arrests, a group of traffic safety experts gathered Tuesday to brainstorm ideas to make Las Vegas roads safer.

“Traffic affects people more than any other thing,” Metro Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the group of about 30 police personnel and community members who gathered for the meeting at Metro’s downtown headquarters. He urged them to offer suggestions because “a key component to making sure we are being effective is through community engagement.”

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Senator Atkinson begins serving as CSG National Officer in 2015!

Congratulations to Senator Kelvin Atkinson for starting his 2015 tenure as a National Officer for the Council of State Governments (CSG)! 

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Teens with too many unexcused absences risk not getting drivers license

8 News Now, KLAS-TV Las Vegas
By Sharie Johnson, Anchor/Reporter
By Mark Mutchler, Photojournalist
Dec. 18, 2014

LAS VEGAS -- Many teen drivers might think it's cool to ditch school, but a law going into effect on Jan. 1 may have them thinking differently.The new law will prevent teens with too many unexcused absences from getting their driver's license.

Senate Bill 269 or SB 269 takes a hard look at the attendance record of students under 18 who want to apply for a driver's license or a permit.  The teens have to submit a DMV 301 form and get it signed by their school showing that the student has had less than 10 unexcused absences.

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A State Senator’s Political and Personal Journey to Marriage Equality

Vegas Seven
By Lissa Townsend Rodgers
December 18th, 2014

This year’s landmark decision to repeal Nevada’s ban on gay marriage sent hundreds of same-sex couples marching down the aisle. Nobody was more thrilled to lead the way than Kelvin Atkinson.

Imagine the scales of justice. On one side: religious edict, social norm and legal precedent. On the other side: love. Even the most confirmed cynic knew how this battle was going to end. But the twists in Nevada’s roller-coaster ride to marriage equality were something nobody could have predicted.

The ride finally ended in October, when a legal ruling—many would argue a long-overdue legal ruling—opened the doors to same-sex marriage. Hundreds of couples, supported by loved ones of every sexual orientation, immediately and blissfully burst through those doors, while the Las Vegas tourism industry immediately and blissfully pounced on a new revenue stream. Amid the bouquets, boutonnieres and tears of joy, two things became clear: First, marriage equality, while enormously significant to the LGBT community, was never just a “gay issue.” Second, society at-large has finally accepted a fact that Nevada Senator Kelvin Atkinson has long known: “You don’t control your heart and who you fall in love with.”

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‘Money, money, money’ stressed in education reform talks

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Trevon Milliard
December 17th, 2014

A lot of plans and not enough money.

That was the message running throughout Tuesday’s conversation for improving Nevada’s public schools, as stated by some of Nevada’s leading education officials and a reform-minded state lawmaker.

The state won’t waver in its devotion to its new academic standards — Common Core State Standards — as some would like to see happen as it has in other states, said Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, D-Henderson, chairwoman of the Legislative Committee on Education. But teachers need to be trained for bringing students up to these more rigorous standards, she said.

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I-Team: New Law Protects Struggling Nevada Homeowners

Channel 8 News Now
By Nathan Baca, Investigative Reporter
By Alex Brauer, Photojournalist

23583323 BG1LAS VEGAS -- Nevada homeowners get additional protections from foreclosure as a new statewide bill of rights went into effect Oct.1. This comes one day after a record breaking number of foreclosure notices were filed in Clark County.

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I-Team: Students Head North in Hopes of Smaller Class Sizes

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