Welcome to the official campaign website for Nevada State Senator Barbara Cegavske
I attended the 2012 National Forum on Education Policy in Atlanta, Georgia on July 9-11. The meeting was hosted by the Education Commission of the States and I serve on their Finance Committee and Steering Committee. The agenda was packed with the world's foremost experts on education issues from early learning to postsecondary.
There were a couple of sessions that I thought my constituents would be particularly interested in learning more about.
One keynote session was about Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG). Our governor, Brian Sandoval, was joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and the CEO of JAG, Ken Smith. They presented some basic facts about JAG and talked about the great success of the program. JAG has been working on America's school dropout problem for more than 30 years. They work with states and local programs to remove barriers for kids to graduate from high school and are ready for college or the workforce. Because they have been so successful at keeping kids in school, Governor Sandoval will be piloting the JAG program in 8 Nevada schools this fall. For more information about JAG, visit their website at http://www.jag.org/
The other important issue that was covered at the ECS National Forum was civic education. It was an honor to listen to Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor speak about her interest in and commitment to civic education. In 2009, O'Connor founded iCivics in order to help prepare young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged, 21st century citizens. iCivics does this by providing free and innovative educational materials to teachers and students. In just two years, iCivics has produced 16 video games, as well as vibrant teaching materials that have been used in classrooms in all 50 states. Today iCivics offer the nation's most comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum that is available freely on the Web. You can find iCivics at www.icivics.org.