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Carson City: Former Nevada Assemblyman Pat Hickey filed today to run for the District 2 State Board of Education seat he was appointed to by Gov. Brian Sandoval in October. Previously serving four terms in the State Legislature, Hickey has been a strong advocate for Nevada’s education system. An original sponsor of Charter School legislation in 1997, Hickey has been a consistent voice for the expansion of public school reforms like charter and magnet schools, and greater choices for Nevada families.
Former Assembly Minority Leader Hickey served on the legislative committee on K-12 Education Funding that helped make recommendations to reform the “Nevada Plan” funding formula that had not been revised in 47 years. Pat also chaired the Ways and Means Subcommittee on K-12/Higher Education funding during the 2015 Legislative Session–which approved unprecedented changes to needed categorical and targeted spending for Nevada’s growing student populations.
Pat Hickey has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, and currently teaches at UNR in the Political Science Department.
“My goal in serving on the State Board is to continue being a voice for constructive reforms within the public school system, including helping Nevada students be better prepared for the workforce and career opportunities in the ‘New Nevada,’ of the future,” said Hickey.
Hickey intends to do a statewide tour of schools in District 2, meeting with parents, principals, teachers and administrators–to communicate how local school districts can best take advantage of support and funding provided for Nevada schools.
District 2 includes the northern third of Nevada, serving schools in most of Lyon County, all of Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing, Storey and Washoe counties.