Melanie is a product of Nevada’s K-12 public education system. A graduate of Reno High School, Melanie was able to go on to Stanford to earn her undergraduate degree and Columbia Law School to earn her Juris Doctor because of the education she received in Nevada’s public schools. Melanie wants to ensure that kids today are given the same opportunities she had growing up here so that they graduate prepared to enter the workforce or go on to college.
Melanie knows that having a world class public education system starts with making sure our schools are properly funded. Melanie supports making sure that tax dollars from the sale of recreational marijuana go straight to funding our local schools, just as voters intended.
Melanie believes that a strong, early childhood education is critical to our students’ future success. That’s why she supports making sure that all of Nevada’s children have access to full-day kindergarten so that we can jumpstart their success in the classroom.
Melanie also believes that so much of our students’ success is dependent on having the best teachers in our classrooms. Melanie comes from a family of teachers and she wants to ensure that Nevada attracts and retains the best and brightest to educate our kids. She supports raising teacher pay to the national average so that our teachers are receiving a competitive salary and don’t leave to go teach in other states.
In addition to raising teacher pay, Melanie wants to cap the ratio of students to teachers so that our students are receiving the individualized attention they need to be successful. Melanie will also work to make sure that every classroom is equipped with the technology, textbooks, and supplies Nevada students need.
Melanie wants every student in our state to graduate high school ready for a career or for college. She believes that investing in STEM education and supporting students who learn differently is the key to making sure all of our students are prepared to compete for good-paying jobs or get accepted to college.
After high school graduation, Melanie believes it is vital that our students have a pathway to success. Melanie understands that college isn’t for everyone, which is why she supports investing in more career and technical training schools and workforce development programs.
For those students who do choose to pursue a college degree, Melanie wants to make sure that they don’t graduate saddled with crippling debt. She will fight to keep college affordable and work to protect and enhance the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship. Melanie also wants to create a tax-free college savings program to help families saves for their children’s education.
Melanie credits the education she received in Nevada for ability to go on and become a successful prosecutor right here in Clark County. Melanie will always fight for funding and programs that ensure our students have access to a world class education.