Monday, September 19, 2011

A new school year—how you can get involved

Dear Neighbor,

A new school year has begun, with excitement and anticipation. We all have a stake in the quality of education. Good schools are key to our kids’ future and to the future of our state.

I have heard frequently from constituents—parents and teachers—that one real problem in these bad economic times is the high cost of school supplies. Parents without a job or with other financial problems may find it difficult to purchase everything their children need for school. Teachers are buying supplies for their students out of their own pockets.

Last month, I partnered with several community organizations to host a “Back to School Fair,” where families could get free backpacks and school supplies. It was a great time and very well attended. We were able to give out over 500 backpacks to students in our community.

All students benefit from family involvement in their education. Sometimes it is hard for a parent, grandparent, or other family member to know how to best help a student they love. This past session, we passed legislation to provide our schools new resources to more effectively reach out to families.

There are plenty of ways families can get involved; below are links to several websites that are good resources. For those with children in Clark County schools, the CCSD website is particularly helpful.

Clark County School District— Click on "Parents."

Nevada State Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC)--

Parent Teacher Association—, click on "Topics" and then on "Student Success."

Business leaders and everyone in of the community can also get involved--

Jobs and Economic Development
During the last session of the legislature, we passed several measures to help create jobs—now and for the future. These new jobs are beginning to come on line, with more to come in the next few months.

AB 144, “Nevada Jobs First,” is beginning to generate jobs and will have an immediate, positive impact on our economy. This legislation provides a bidder’s preference for businesses that hire Nevada workers and buy Nevada products. Experts say that for every dollar spent under this legislation, $1.47 will be generated back into the economy. In my next newsletter, I will provide more details on how this legislation is working.

Keeping you informed
I believe one of my most important responsibilities as an elected official is constituent outreach—to listen to your concerns and ideas and to keep you updated on legislative activities. Below is the best way to reach me.

By phone— 702-232-3892
By email—



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