Carson City, NV - February 22, 2016
CITY, NV – The Nevada Department of
Education today is mourning the loss of State Senator Debbie Smith, who
dedicated her public service career to education and played a critical role in
legislation during the 2015 session to improve school safety with a new State-to-Tell
Program and the creation of an Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning
Debbie Smith devoted much of her life to make our children's education systems
better and helping children attain higher levels of achievement within a safe learning
environment,” said Steve Canavero,
State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The Nevada Department of Education
is deeply saddened by her recent passing, and we send our condolences and our
appreciation for the life of Senator Debbie Smith to her family."
Eddie Ableser, Director of the
Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment in the Nevada Department
of Education provided the following statement:
are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of Nevada's great leaders.
Senator Debbie Smith was a stalwart in the field of child protection and
maintaining that all schools must be a safe and respectful environment. As the
office that continues her legacy in which she inspired monumental policy change
unlike anywhere in the country, the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning
Environment and the Safe to Tell initiative will continue her legacy by working
to make all schools all teachers and all students safe so they can thrive in
their educational achievement."