A strong education system is a critical factor in attracting businesses and investments to Nevada
By Courtney Holland, The Nevada Globe, June 1, 2023
In today’s rapidly evolving world, education holds the key to unlocking human potential and fostering a skilled workforce. Our education system must be readily equipped to achieve this. Unfortunately, it’s no secret that Nevada’s education system is failing our children – our future workforce – in this regard. Nevada’s current one-size-fits-all approach to education limits choice and fails to cater to the diverse needs and aspirations of students.
One approach that has gained traction is school choice—an empowering concept that allows parents to select the educational options that best suit their child’s needs. While educational opportunity is primarily seen as a matter of individual freedom, its impact extends beyond households. Businesses, too, have a vested interest in supporting school choice which is why they should support Governor Lombardo’s Education Achievement, Opportunity and Accountability Act (AB400) for the following reasons:
Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Innovation and entrepreneurship are catalysts for economic growth and prosperity. School choice introduces healthy competition among educational institutions, inspiring them to innovate and adopt new approaches to meet the evolving needs of students and industries. Educational models, such as charter schools and magnet programs, often emphasize entrepreneurship, creativity, and problem-solving skills. By supporting school choice, businesses foster an environment where students are encouraged to think outside the box, take risks, and develop an entrepreneurial spirit that in turn, provides businesses with employees who possess an adaptable mindset and a willingness to embrace change. These skills are vital for future economic growth, as they foster the creation of new businesses, job opportunities, and economic prosperity.
Meeting Localized Workforce Demands and Readiness
Communities and regions throughout Nevada have unique economic characteristics and workforce needs. Businesses heavily rely on a competent and skilled workforce to thrive and grow. By supporting school choice, companies can help ensure that students receive an education tailored to their individual needs and aspirations. This personalized approach allows students to pursue specialized programs, vocational training, or other alternative educational pathways that align with their career goals. As a result, businesses gain access to a pool of job applicants with diverse skill sets, enhancing their ability to find candidates who possess the specific skills required for their industry.
Strengthening the Economy
A strong education system is a critical factor in attracting businesses and investments to Nevada. By supporting school choice, businesses contribute to the development of a robust educational infrastructure, which is a key consideration for companies looking to establish orexpand operations in our state. A thriving education system not only benefits businesses directly by providing a skilled workforce but also contributes to the overall economic growth of the community, attracting further investments and opportunities.
The concept of school choice transcends individual households and has far-reaching implications for businesses and communities across Nevada. By supporting school choice through legislation such as AB400 put forth by the Lombardo administration, businesses play an active role in shaping the future workforce, fostering innovation, meeting localized workforce demands, and driving economic development. The benefits are not limited to immediate gains but extend to long-term prosperity and societal progress. Embracing school choice is a proactive investment in the education system, the workforce, and the economic landscape of tomorrow.