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Miller: Education

Robert Joseph Miller was governor of Nevada from 1989 to 1999.  He was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 30, 1945.  When he was 10 he moved with his family to Las Vegas.  Miller served as Clark County District Attorney from 1979 to 1986.  In 1986 he was elected lieutenant governor and also served as acting governor, completing the term of Richard Bryan.  He was elected Nevada's twenty-sixth governor in 1990, and again in 1994.
"Education Priorities" Governor Bob Miller, 1995

Throughout the last six years, I have held our children's education nearest to our heart, and at the top of my administration's list of priorities. And while we may be occasionally diverted by other pressing issues - Budget Cuts - SIIS Reform - Public Safety - we must never waiver in our commitment to Nevada's school children.

Sandy and I have visited hundreds of schools throughout Nevada. Reading to classrooms, meeting parents and listening to teachers. Those whose mission it is to teach and help care for our children.
One message consistently rings loud and clear; "Governor please continue to provide us smaller class sizes -It works."

I believe it works. You'll always be able to dispute test results or the value of team teaching. But there's no disputing the value of giving our children a leg up in those early years. Give our teachers a class size they can manage. Not projects for 35 nameless faces, but a moment to recognize Mary's flair for art or to help Tommy's math or Mario's science. Our children deserve that personal attention.

I am asking you tonight to heed the pleas of thousands of teachers and parents. We must continue to extend our class size reduction program to the third grade. Our children deserve no less.

Today's children are growing up in a world in which computers are as commonplace as books. Our schools need to teach the children the keys to working with the changes. Science and technology is the key to success. We are providing our schools with money and equipment to properly train our students in these areas so that our kids will be leaders in the information age.

As we provide our education system with the tools it needs to prepare our students, the public deserves to know how effective the schools are in using the tools. In the 1993 session, we passed the Nevada School accountability law, which requires school districts to inform the public on school performance. I am convinced we must go much farther. I propose we phase in a system of accreditation for all public schools. We must create standards so that every public school meets the basic requirements needed to provide a good education.

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Nevada State Library and Archives