Statements from Nevada Department of Education on Passing of State Senator Debbie Smith

Press Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - February 22, 2016

Immediate Release

CARSON 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 Environment.

"Senator 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:   

"We 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."