[iii] Catamount is a public 501 (c) 3 formed by me some 13 years ago.
In order to evaluate the concepts in the context of reforming Nevada’s public education, there is a large body of factual data that should be put in a form accessible and useful for critical debate by Nevada’s educational establishment, legislators, constitutional officers, the public and other interested parties. Information that should be easily and readily available includes, but is not limited to:
· Who’s Who in Nevada education and how to reach them. This should go beyond just members of the educational establishment, including all seriously interested parties. Catamount has engaged a consultant to organize this data and make it available on a website with links, etc.
· The Facts: Students by location, age, ethnicity, academic achievement, dropout rates, etc. and information about the public and independent schools. Information about teachers and administrators. Financial information. Much of this data is available via government sources, but could be made more accessible to those not within the government or educational establishment. Catamount would appreciate suggestions and discussion with other interested parties.
· Gathering and making the existing facts and statistics available on the website will be accomplished along with serious analysis about the reliability and usefulness of such data. Catamount is aware of several topics deserving attention and invites discussion with other interested parties on the nature of issues deserving special additional attention.
Over time the educational system has built up “inertias and rigidities.” Possibly there are substantial expenditures on “X” that ought to be spent on “Y” or “Z.” NSEA ought to be encouraged to become an association that is forward thinking and actively promotes desirable change. (Examples are the Bar, the medical professions, CPA’s.) All of this is in keeping with the current leadership on both sides of the aisle, the professional status and the key role of teachers in any significant educational reform.
When all of the above comes into view, a very professional team of grant writers should be engaged to write up the overall education reform program and solicit a large 501 (c) 3 to invest in Nevada. With three million citizens (not too large), a progressive past and large future potential, as well as the low ranking of our public education, Nevada could well be an inviting target for major not-for-profit investment.
We believe a new formal association with a membership of all the interested parties (organizations and persons) ought to be organized in the near future and its letterhead, website, etc. be available to further the objective of inducing substantial improvement of Nevada’s public education. Catamount welcomes insights, opportunities to collaborate and discussion.