Some website ranked Nevada #1 for teacher appreciation. No. Really.

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CCEA Fund Our Schools Now rally on April 27, 2019. (Nevada Current file photo)
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This teacher definitely feels appreciated by Nevada.

Nevada appreciates its teachers more than any other state!

Despite the premise being beyond the comprehension of anybody paying attention to the state, some international website looking for publicity declared Nevada teachers “#1 Most Beloved in U.S.”

The ranking comes from the self-described “education experts” at Brainly, a website that calls itself “the world’s largest peer-to-peer learning community … with more than 150 million users globally.”

Nevada tied for first with two other states equally known for educational excellence — Mississippi and Indiana. All three states received a score of 100, though the press release the Current received did not explain what that means. One might assume it is a ranking of states where teachers are appreciated only in thoughts and prayers and not in salary raises and proper class sizes.

This week, the state’s largest teachers union will vote on whether to authorize a strike. As of this writing, legislators have yet to introduce a bill that addresses the systemic underfunding of the K-12 education system, despite there being less than a month left of a Legislature that meets only once every two years.

Regardless, it is National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10) and Nevada teachers can get some free and discounted stuff.

It’s also National Nurses Week (May 6-12), another profession Nevada has a unique way of showing its appreciation for.

April Corbin Girnus
April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. She has been a beat writer at Las Vegas Sun, a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting North American bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. April currently serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists Las Vegas pro chapter. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise with her husband, two children and three mutts.

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