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Parents trying to keep deceased daughter’s farewell notes sealed
July 31, 2015
The unpublished farewells of a seventh-grader who killed herself are the focus of a federal court battle between her parents who helped change Nevada school bullying law and Las Vegas school officials who ...
Cherry Creek II, UNLV's 26,000 processor supercomputer, is stored at Las Vegas data company Switch, pictured here.
Broken on arrival, UNLV’s supercomputer is now stronger than ever
July 28, 2015
When Intel unloaded the highly anticipated machine, casings were crushed and electronic connections destroyed. The Intel crew assembling the whole thing ...
State fills new deputy Nevada superintendent position
July 27, 2015
State officials have filled a high-ranking new education department position authorized by ...
New teachers "loosen up" as Scott Flansburg, Guinness World Record holder for fastest Human Calculator, gives a demonstration of his abilities during a Clark County School District orientation session for new teachers at the Venetian Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Over 1,700 teachers took part in the orientation.
New teacher bonuses are in high demand, might be reduced to $4,000
July 22, 2015
Clark County School District officials say planned signing bonuses authorized by the Legislature have helped them recruit new teachers, but they're still short about ...
Tony Olivas, 14, left, teacher Johana Franklin and Trevor Olivas, 14, from St. Viator Catholic School with a cooler alternative to artificial turf their STEM team has experimented with. For their hard work the 8th graders have earned an all-expense paid trip to D.C. after winning a science fair.
Teens’ science project with cooler artificial turf takes them to D.C.
July 19, 2015
What started as a project for their school science fair won 14-year-old soccer players Tony Olivas and Milosz Fernandez-Kepka a $4,000 prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. What did they do? Find ...
Private school parents: 100-day mandate for voucher money isn’t fair
July 17, 2015
Parents urged lawmakers to figure out another way to determine eligibility for the program, which currently requires students be enrolled at a public school for 100 days before ...
School officials table sex-ed discussion, triggering frustration
July 16, 2015
The Clark County School Board voted Thursday to delay a review of its heavily criticized sexual education curriculum, much to the frustration of ...
Clark County School District teachers are shown at a School Board meeting, Thursday, July 16, 2015.
CCSD teachers rally over pay, flood School Board meeting
July 16, 2015
Teachers swarmed the Clark County School Board meeting Thursday demanding the school district reverse its decision to sacrifice employee pay increases to help fill ...
The Common Core education standards call for students to be able to use technology to research, write and give oral presentations, but the imperative for educators arrived last month with the introduction of standardized tests that are taken on computers instead of with paper and pencils.
Nevada chooses new school-test overseer after assessment woes
July 14, 2015
The testing company at the helm of Nevada's disastrous Common Core assessments this year is set to lose its decade-long contract with the state. Measured Progress’ contract was awarded to ...
Employee may have been hired at UNLV after leaving NSHE over sexual misconduct
July 12, 2015
Regents are looking into allegations that a Nevada System of Higher Education employee was removed from a position due to sexual misconduct, only to be hired by UNLV. A female witness and former NSHE employee said she was working in the ...
Clark County schools to settle insurance suit for $1.65M
July 10, 2015
The Clark County School District says it will pay a former insurance broker $1.65 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the agency ended the broker's contract prematurely. The district announced ...
Jason Lofthouse, seated, appears in court in North Las Vegas Justice Court on Thursday, July 9, 2015, for a preliminary hearing.
Lawyers challenge law barring sex between teacher, 17-year-old student
July 9, 2015
Attorneys for a teacher accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student plan to challenge a law that makes teacher-pupil sexual relationships illegal, even if the student ...
No Child Left Behind rewrites back up for debate, votes
July 8, 2015
With Republican and Democratic lawmakers calling it outdated and unworkable, Congress is set to try again to overhaul the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law ...
State OKs $800,000 to market Nevada college savings programs
July 7, 2015
Nevada officials are one step closer to launching a fresh new advertising blitz to promote saving for college. The Nevada Board of Examiners, which includes Gov. Brian Sandoval, voted Tuesday to approve $800,000 in yearlong public relations contracts to ...
Micah Bowens
To get ahead, football star will stay behind
July 6, 2015
Micah Bowens has always been one of the youngest players in his class, but that's about to change. His parents decided to hold him back one year so he will repeat eighth grade in order to put him in a better position to earn a scholarship to his dream school, Stanford. His father said, “He’s just 13. Did we want him to go to college as a 17-year-old?”

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