Sandoval names Dale Erquiaga to top NV education post

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Sandoval names Dale Erquiaga to top NV education post

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Mario Sanchez Prada

Gov. Brian Sandoval's former chief advisor Dale Erquiaga will serve as Superintendent of Public Instruction for Nevada, effective Aug. 26.

The governor announced Tuesday that Erquiaga will fill the vacancy left by James Guthrie, who resigned in March.

Before serving as Sandoval's top advisor from 2010 to 2012, Erquiaga directed government affairs for the Clark County School District.

He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Nevada, Reno and his master's degree from Grand Canyon University.

According to a national report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in June on the well-being of children, Nevada ranked dead last in education.

The report found that statewide, 70 percent of children did not attend preschool between 2009 and 2011, and 42 percent of high school students are not graduating on time.