Nevada

‘Mother-May-I?’ attitude in Nevada laws
quashing low-income entrepreneurship

The State of Nevada regularly presents itself to the world as a place where government is less overbearing and regulation-obsessed than most.

But how true is that?

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, for example, touts Nevada as “A very business-friendly state, with state and local governments committed to streamlining approval processes and remaining a very low-regulation environment.”

However, when lower-income Nevadans seek to work or start a business in several Silver State industries, they actually face some of the highest regulatory obstacles in the country.

Moreover, the primary purpose of those obstacles — evidence strongly suggests — is not to protect the public, but instead protect politically favored insiders from potential competitors.

An “occupational license,” simply stated, is government permission to work in a particular field. And of all American states, Nevada has the second-highest proportion of citizens licensed by the state to work in their fields. Only Iowa has a higher percentage, according to a 2016 study jointly produced by the Obama administration’s Council of Economic Advisers and Treasury and Labor departments.

Proportion of low-income citizens licensed is an important statistic: The more that states like Nevada require licenses in lower-income occupations, the more those states discourage low-income entrepreneurship.

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Education

'Catch Me If You Can,' Part 8

The engine behind the darkness

Behind Nevada’s special-ed difficulties, as well as those of every state in the union, is a real, broader problem. 

It’s a difficulty, unfortunately, with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act itself.

At root, IDEA was an attempt to circumvent the dark side of human nature — the springs behind humanity’s long history of exclusion and prejudice that victimizes children with disabilities.

But the attempt was made without actually understanding the engine behind that darkness.

When the IDEA legislation was first structured in the mid-1970s and even later, when revised, it preceded many of the most illuminating findings of recent neuroscientific research.

Even as late as 1987, for example, child psychiatry had not yet embraced the neurosciences.

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Education

'Catch Me If You Can,' Part 7

Cameras in enclosed classrooms could provide
legal evidence for parents, law enforcement

Over a decade ago, attorneys representing the small boy abused in the Preschooler II case suggested to the Clark County School District a way it could prevent similar problems in the future.

If cameras were installed in the classrooms where nonverbal autistic kids were being taught, they said, physical assaults on them by district employees would be much less likely to occur.

Also, when misconduct was alleged, administrators could get to the truth of the matter much more quickly.

Cameras would not only protect the youngsters, went the argument, they would also protect district employees from unfounded accusations.

The proposal had been made as one of the equitable remedies that attorneys for four-year-old Bobby had suggested during settlement talks. Although afflicted with Tuberous Sclerosis, the four-year-old preschooler had been physically assaulted, by first an aide, and then multiple times by the teacher.

But CCSD, for some reason, was extremely hostile to the idea.

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'Catch Me if You Can,' Part 6

'Is CCSD deliberately indifferent?" the court asks: 'People are doing
this left and right and you're not doing anything about it.'

'Catch Me if You Can,' Part 5

The principal — and the practices — CCSD is defending

‘Catch Me If You Can,’ Part 4

Have an autistic child? Be cautious of CCSD

'Catch me if you can,' Part 3

New parents should not be naïve about CCSD special-ed

‘Catch Me If You Can,’ Part 2

CCSD regularly ignores the recommendations
of internationally recognized experts on autism

'Catch Me If You Can,' Part 1

Hurd v. Clark County School District lawsuit
reprises decades of special-ed problems

Digging into Question Three

A protected government monopoly or free markets?

Fixing Special Ed, Conclusion

The 'average brain' myth bites the dust

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