A Blue-Ribbon Solution

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Facing a situation where the Nevada state university system needs to raise about $110 million in order to operate next year, the state’s governor, Jim Gibbons, has a solution. He’s decided to create an education “task force.” According to an article by David McGrath Schwartz in the Las Vegas Sun:

Three classroom teachers, Democratic and Republican legislators, business leaders and the president of the teacher’s union have agreed to be part of the 29-member committee, which will hold its first meeting Friday.

Gibbons says the goal is to prepare Nevada students to be the “intellectual infrastructure” for the future.

Right. Or maybe the goal is to avoid taking responsibility for his actions. Like his refusal to try and raise funds to support education in a state with no personal or corporate income tax.

Nevada Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich, who earlier this year was very critical of Governor Gibbons’ plans for education, will chair the blue-ribbon commission, along with Las Vegas casino executive and socialite Elaine Wynn.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer