Toto, I don’t think we’re in Utah

Thu, Jan 7, 2010 (1:01 p.m.)

Why can't Nevadans be more like Utahns and less like the people in D.C.?

That's what Governor Gibbons wants to know and why he's decided it's time to blow up Nevada's public school system.

The governor wants to know why student achievement in the Silver State is not golden.

A potential answer: Nevada's one-note economy and lack of social services force its residents to struggle to make ends meet by taking on multiple minimum wage-paying jobs that eliminate the opportunities for parental involvement in things like school, homework, family dinners and church... all very big in Utah.

On today's Face to Face with Jon Ralston... which now airs LIVE at 4 p.m. and STATEWIDE on your local NBC affiliate...

Jon and our guests will touch on some of the governor's proposals, such as laying off teachers and eliminating union representation of public employees.... who, by the way, are among the highest paid in the nation.

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