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Florida solution looked at in improving Nevada schools

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Standing next to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Nevada's governor announced the Silver State would no longer allow low expectations.

Governor Brian Sandoval made the announcement at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a respected charter school.

Explained Bush, "It's a model that people say, Why can't my school have some of these attributes?"

Sandoval said that's why parents should have a charter school option.

"Give parents the ability to choose where to send their kids: a voucher program," Sandoval added.

Sandoval also hopes to change education standards by getting rid of some practices, namely social promotion. That's a practice which allows some students to advance to the next grade even if he or she is not performing at the adequate academic level.

"It shouldn't be a novel idea that every child should be able to read at grade level by third grade," said Sandoval.

Although the Clark County School District didn't comment specifically on charter schools, in an email statement it told us that the superintendent met with Sandoval.

It continued, "Both are energized about implementing common sense reforms to improve our schools for our students."

The president of the teachers union, Ruben Murillo, said charter schools are not the answer. He said charter schools are often praised and successful because of curriculum flexibility.

"We're doing that already in Clark County with the superintendent's plan," Murillo said. "Without charter schools at this time, in my mind, we can still achieve those goals."

Murillo said comparing the success of CCSD schools, where about $5,000 is spent on each student, to Andre Agassi is unfair.

"That is a unique charter and receives almost $13,000 per student."

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