[Rev. 11/21/2013 11:28:03 AM--2013]

CHAPTER 400 - P-20W ADVISORY COUNCIL

NRS 400.010           Definitions.

NRS 400.015           “Council” defined.

NRS 400.020           “System” defined.

NRS 400.025           Legislative declaration.

NRS 400.030           Creation; membership; terms; vacancies.

NRS 400.035           Meetings; compensation of members; administrative support and other assistance.

NRS 400.040           Powers and duties.

NRS 400.045           Annual report.

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      NRS400.010  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 400.015 and 400.020 have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3155)

      NRS400.015  “Council” defined.  “Council” means the P-20W Advisory Council created by NRS 400.030.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3155)

      NRS400.020  “System” defined.  “System” means the Nevada System of Higher Education.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3155)

      NRS400.025  Legislative declaration.  The Legislature hereby finds and declares that:

      1.  The Board of Regents of the University of Nevada was created by the Nevada Constitution and empowered to control and manage the affairs of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

      2.  Matters relating to education are vitally important to the future of the State of Nevada, its economy and the general welfare of its residents. In light of the growing enrollments in Nevada’s system of public elementary and secondary education and Nevada’s system of public higher education, it is important that the Nevada Legislature, the Board of Regents, the State Board and the Executive Branch of the State Government work together as partners in developing a needed public agenda to advance education in this State.

      3.  The development of an agenda to advance education should be carried out with a view toward seeking input from all parties who have a stake in the advancement of education in this State.

      4.  Coordination between elementary, secondary and higher education must be strengthened to ensure that pupils in the 12th grade are prepared adequately to make the transition from secondary education to higher education or to careers. To this end, a body should be established to coordinate education from the level of preschool through the completion of a bachelor’s degree, to be known as the P-20W Advisory Council.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3155)

      NRS400.030  Creation; membership; terms; vacancies.

      1.  The P-20W Advisory Council, consisting of 11 voting members, is hereby created to assist in the coordination between early childhood education programs, K-12 public education, postsecondary education and the workforce in this State. The Chancellor of the System, the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation serve as ex officio nonvoting members of the Council.

      2.  The Governor shall appoint five members to the Council as follows:

      (a) One representative of higher education in this State.

      (b) One representative of elementary and secondary education in this State.

      (c) One representative of private business in this State.

      (d) One member who is a parent of a pupil enrolled in a public school in this State or of a student enrolled in the System. The parent must not be employed by the board of trustees of a school district, the governing body of a charter school or the System.

      (e) One person who possesses knowledge of and experience in early childhood education programs and services for children in this State from birth through prekindergarten.

      3.  The Majority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly shall each appoint two members to the Council as follows:

      (a) One member of the House of the Legislature that he or she represents.

      (b) One person who meets the qualifications of paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (e) of subsection 2.

      4.  The Minority Leader of the Senate and the Minority Leader of the Assembly shall each appoint one member to the Council who is a member of the general public.

      5.  The members of the Council shall elect a Chair and a Vice Chair from among the members of the Council. After the initial term, the Chair and Vice Chair serve in the office for a term of 2 years beginning July 1 of each odd-numbered year. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair or Vice Chair, the members of the Council shall elect a member to fill the vacancy to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term of that office.

      6.  After the initial terms, each member of the Council serves a term of 3 years commencing on July 1 of the year of appointment. Such members may be reappointed for one additional term. A vacancy on the Council must be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment. Each member of the Council continues in office until his or her successor is appointed.

      7.  Any member who is absent from two consecutive meetings of the Council without permission of the Chair:

      (a) Forfeits his or her office; and

      (b) Must be replaced as provided in subsection 6 for the filling of a vacancy before the end of a term.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3156; A 2013, 475)

      NRS400.035  Meetings; compensation of members; administrative support and other assistance.

      1.  The Council shall meet at least once each calendar quarter and as frequently as necessary to afford the general public, representatives of governmental agencies and representatives of organizations an opportunity to present information and recommendations relating to the coordination between elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, including, without limitation, the Nevada Youth Legislature created by NRS 385.515 and the Advisory Council on Parental Involvement and Family Engagement established by NRS 385.610.

      2.  The Council shall comply with the provisions of chapter 241 of NRS.

      3.  For each day or portion of a day during which the members of the Council attend a meeting of the Council or are otherwise engaged in the business of the Council:

      (a) The members who are Legislators are entitled to receive the compensation provided for a majority of the members of the Legislature during the first 60 days of the preceding regular session plus the per diem allowance provided for state officers and employees generally and the travel expenses provided pursuant to NRS 218A.655, payable from the Legislative Fund.

      (b) The members who are appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly, the Minority Leader of the Senate and the Minority Leader of the Assembly who are not Legislators are entitled to receive the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally, payable from the Legislative Fund.

      (c) The members who are appointed by the Governor are entitled to receive the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally, payable as other claims against the State are paid.

      4.  The Office of the Governor shall provide:

      (a) Administrative support;

      (b) Equipment; and

      (c) Office space,

Ę as is necessary for the Council to carry out its duties.

      5.  The Board of Regents of the University of Nevada and the Department shall provide technical assistance to the Council upon the request of the Chair.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3157; A 2009, 255)

      NRS400.040  Powers and duties.

      1.  The Council shall address:

      (a) Methods to increase the number of students who enroll in programs at the System to become teachers, including, without limitation, financial aid programs for students enrolled in those programs.

      (b) Methods to ensure the successful transition of children from early childhood education programs to elementary school, including, without limitation, methods to increase parental involvement.

      (c) Methods to ensure the successful transition of pupils from:

             (1) Elementary school to middle school;

             (2) Middle school to high school; and

             (3) High school to postsecondary education or the workforce, or both,

Ę including, without limitation, methods to increase parental involvement.

      (d) Methods to ensure that the course work, standards and assessments required of pupils in secondary schools is aligned with the workload expected of students at the postsecondary level.

      (e) Methods to ensure collaboration among the business community, members of the academic community and political leaders to set forth a process for developing strategies for the growth and diversification of the economy of this State.

      (f) Policies relating to workforce development, employment needs of private employers and workforce shortages in occupations critical to the education, health and safety of the residents of this State.

      (g) The development and oversight of a statewide longitudinal data system that links data relating to early childhood education programs and K-12 public education with data relating to postsecondary education and the workforce in this State.

      (h) A plan for collaborative research using data from the statewide longitudinal data system developed pursuant to paragraph (g), including, without limitation, research that assesses:

             (1) The efficiency and effectiveness of the use of state resources to improve the readiness of pupils in this State for postsecondary education and the workforce;

             (2) The effectiveness of the preparation of teachers and administrators in this State; and

             (3) The return on investment of educational and workforce development programs paid for by this State.

      (i) Other matters within the scope of the Council as determined necessary or appropriate by the Council.

      2.  The Council may:

      (a) Establish committees to assist the Council in carrying out its duties.

      (b) Apply for any available grants and may accept any gifts, grants and donations from any source to assist the Council in carrying out its duties.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3157; A 2013, 476)

      NRS400.045  Annual report.  On or before June 30 of each year, the Council shall submit a written report of its activities and any recommendations to the:

      1.  Board of Regents of the University of Nevada;

      2.  State Board;

      3.  Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the next regular session of the Legislature;

      4.  Legislative Committee on Education; and

      5.  Governor.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3158)