Education reform, teacher pay and how much we fund education have been hot topics for decades.
I had the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada Dr. Christine Cheney on Face the State this week.
Dr. Cheney said 25% of their budget has been chopped the past couple years.
I asked her how she prepares future teachers for the reality of larger classes and fewer resources.
"I think what we try to prepare them to do is work with their kids in creative ways, keeping children engaged in learning, keeping students excited and helping them become thinkers, rather than just doers."
Cheney said they have combined some programs to make up for cuts. She said the College of Education is also offering more online classes to offset the cuts they have made.
Cheney said it's not just the budget she is concerned about. She is worried about losing teachers who have a true passion for children.
She said due to below average pay, more responsibility and lack of appreciation, the best and brightest are looking at other careers.
I asked Cheney how it makes her feel when she hears lawmakers blaming teachers for lack of results.
"You have done everything you've been asked to do. You taught to Nevada standards, which were definitely too low and too skills oriented, instead of thinking oriented. You've used every program that the school district or state has asked you to do, but you are being told, sorry, you are just not good enough."
To watch the entire interview, tune in right here on Channel 2 News this weekend. Face the State airs Saturday at 4:30 am and 4:30 pm. It also airs Sunday at 6:30 am.
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