K-12 Governance Structures: State Profile

K-12 Governance Structures: State Profile - Nevada

November 2017


Data are collected using publicly available state constitutional language and state statutes. Updated as of Nov. 1, 2017.
 

Governor
What constitutional or statutory duties does the governor have as it relates to education? The supreme executive power of the state, shall be vested in chief magistrate who shall be the governor of the state of Nevada.

He shall see that laws are faithfully executed.

Every bill which may have passed the legislature, shall, before it becomes a law be presented to the governor. If he approves it, he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it with objections, to the house in which it originated.
What is the appointment authority provided to the governor in education? The governor appoints three voting members of the state board of education as well as three nonvoting members and one nonvoting student member.

Additionally, the governor appoints the superintendent of public instruction from a list of three candidates provided by the state board of education.
Are the governor’s duties and powers and found in the state constitution? No
Are the governor’s duties and powers and found in the state statute? Yes
Citation N.R.S. Const. Art. 5, § 1
N.R.S. Const. Art. 5, § 7
N.R.S. Const. Art. 4, § 35
Nev. Rev. Stat. 385.021
Nev. Rev. Stat. 385.150
Legislature
What constitutional or statutory powers does the legislature have as it relates to education policy? The legislative authority of this state shall be vested in a senate and assembly which shall be designated "The Legislature of the State of Nevada" and the sessions of such legislature shall be held at the seat of government of the state.

The legislature shall encourage by all suitable means the promotion of intellectual, literary, scientific, mining, mechanical, agriculture, and moral improvements, and also provide for a superintendent of public instruction and by law prescribe the manner of appointment, term of office and duties thereof.

The legislature shall provide for a uniform system of common schools, by which a school shall be established and maintained in each school district at least six months in every year, and any school district which shall allow instruction of a sectarian character therein may be deprived of its proportion of the interest of the public school fund during such neglect or infraction.
What is the appointment or confirmation authority of the legislature in education? One of the governor's appointments to the state board of education is nominated by the majority leader of the senate, and another is nominated by the speaker of the assembly.
Which committees in the legislature have jurisdiction over education issues? House:
Education

Senate:
Education
Constitutional? Yes
Statutory? Yes
Citations N.R.S. Const. Art. 4, § 1
N.R.S. Const. Art. 11, § 1
N.R.S. Const. Art. 11, § 2
Nev. Rev. Stat. 385.021
Chief State School Officer
What are the duties of the chief state officer? The superintendent is the executive head of the department of education.

The superintendent of public instruction shall:

-Execute, direct, or supervise all administrative, technical and procedural activities of the department.

-Maintain liaison and coordinate activities with other state agencies performing educational functions.

-Request a plan of corrective action from a charter school board.

-Visit each county of the state at least once each school year.
What constitutional or statutory authority does the chief state school officer have as it relates to education policy? The superintendent of public instruction may:

-Employ personnel approved by the state board and necessary for the efficient operation of the department of education.

-Organize the department in a manner which will assure efficient operation.

-Enforce the observance of statutes and regulations governing K-12 public education.
How is the chief state school officer selected? The superintendent of public instruction is appointed by the governor from a list of three candidates submitted by the state board of education.
Constitutional? No
Statutory? Yes
Citation Nev. Rev. Stat. 385.010
Nev. Rev. Stat. 385.175
Nev. Rev. Stat. 385.180
Nev. Rev. Stat. 385.150
State Board of Education
What constitutional or statutory powers and duties does the state board of education have as it relates to education policy? The state board of education shall establish policies to govern the administration of all functions of the state relating to supervision, management and control of public schools not conferred by law on some other agency.
What is the composition of the state board of education? The state board of education consists of seven voting members:

-One elected from each of the four congressional districts in the state.

-One appointed by the governor.

-One appointed by the governor, nominated by the majority leader of the senate.

-One appointed by the governor, nominated by the speaker of the assembly.

Additionally, there are four nonvoting members:

-One member appointed by the governor who is a member of a board of trustees of a school district, nominated by the Nevada Association of School Boards.

-One member appointed by the governor who is the superintendent of schools in a school district, nominate by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents.

-One member appointed by the governor who represents the Nevada System of Higher Education, nominate by the board of regents.

-One member appointed by the governor who is a pupil enrolled in a public school in the state, nominated by the Nevada Association of Student Councils.
How are members of the state board of education selected? Four voting members are elected. Three voting members are appointed by the governor.

Additionally, four nonvoting members are appointed by the governor.
Constitutional? No
Statutory? Yes
Citation Nev. Rev. Stat. 385.075
Nev. Rev. Stat. 385.021
Executive-Level Secretary
Does the state have an executive-level secretary? The superintendent of public instruction is the secretary of the board.
What other duties does the executive-level secretary have? N/A
Constitutional? No
Statutory? Yes
Citation Nev. Rev. Stat. 385.030

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