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Powerline: March 17, 2023

Welcome to another edition of NSEA's Powerline Newsletter! Heading into some deadlines next week, it was a much slower week with only a handful of bill hearings. Thursday brought the most important hearing of the week with two bills to address keeping educators safe. Check below for this week's update.
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Published: March 17, 2023


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Assembly Bill 194 and Assembly Bill 285

NSEA supports both AB194 and AB285 as commonsense proposals to help ensure educator safety. AB194 includes language to authorize the suspension, expulsion, or permanent expulsion of a pupil of any age who commits a battery or assault against an employee of a school. AB285 reverts Nevada’s system to a program of progressive discipline for students, allowing districts to include restorative justice practices within their plan. AB285 also removes the requirement to implement restorative justice before removing a pupil from a classroom or the premises of the school or suspending or expelling the pupil. This language reflects NSEA’s initial position on AB168 in 2019, especially in cases when a student is a threat to a teacher.

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On Wednesday, NSEA President Dawn Etcheverry represented Nevada educators as well as the National Education Association at UNLV during President Biden's visit to Las Vegas. Several of our NEA-SN and ESEA members attended to watch the President discuss his plan for affordable prescription drugs. Members were able to chat with President Biden as well as Rep. Dina Titus.



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Support Senate Bill 251

Senate Bill 251 honors the collective bargaining process. It will provide and ensure clarity and fairness in the employee surplus process. With SB251, the consistent application of the surplus process across the district will help resolve any employee confusion with district work practices. Employees should not be denied an available position due to a displacement that was no fault of their own. SB251 fixes that issue. *We're still awaiting an official date for the Bill Hearing

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Senate Bill 231 Falls Short

While NSEA appreciates the intent of Senate Bill 231 to deliver raises to Nevada educators, we have serious concerns about the bill as introduced. Here are our concerns: 

  1. SB231 leaves behind a majority of Nevada school districts.
  2. An unintended consequence of SB231 could be even larger class sizes.
  3. SB231 literally leaves out thousands of educators who make our schools run. 
  4. School district concern over the one-time nature of funds in SB231.
  5. SB231 is another example of a flawed legislative process.
  6. SB231 falls short of a stated goal of 10% raises as well as the 20% gold standard set in Time for 20.  

NSEA is working on alternate language to deliver raises to *every* Nevada educator. We're asking you to email the Senate, Assembly, and Governor and share your concerns. 

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