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NLV school apologizes to sixth-grader for barring Bible verse
May 22, 2015
A public charter school in North Las Vegas has apologized to a sixth-grader after telling her she couldn't use a Bible verse for a classroom assignment ...
Governor Brian Sandoval speaks with Rancho High School aviation teacher Bob Hale Thursday, March 22, 2012 while looking at aviation education in Southern Nevada.
Sandoval announces bonuses, scholarships to attract teachers
May 22, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval is proposing a scholarship program and a series of bonuses aimed at tackling Nevada's severe teacher shortage ...
CCSD, group differ about whether student had support of adviser for anti-abortion club
CCSD, group differ about whether student had support of adviser for anti-abortion club
May 22, 2015
Contrary to claims by the Clark County School District, a local high school student who wasn't allowed to form an anti-abortion group on campus appears to have had the required support of a faculty member ...
CCSD students attend a sex education class Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
LGBT center provides students with sex ed they aren’t getting at school
May 21, 2015
A contingent of current and former CCSD students have come forward in recent months criticizing the district’s current sex ed policies. They say teachers often skim over important topics, refuse to answer questions and sometimes provide inaccurate information ...
Parents say NLV teacher barred using Bible verse in homework
May 20, 2015
Parents of a sixth-grader at a public charter school in North Las Vegas want an apology after they say a teacher barred their daughter from using ...
Workers rally at a union protest Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Carson City, Nev. The workers are opposing Republican-sponsored bills in the Nevada Legislature that would alter public employee pensions and restrict collective bargaining.
Are public pensions too generous?
May 18, 2015
In the view of many, Nevada’s pension system for public employees is in relatively good health, with a sound plan to pay off its $12.5 billion unfunded liability while still maintaining the benefits it currently provides. But to others ...
Team Highrollers of Las Vegas, Nevada, ready their robot in the pit area for their next match at the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Cashman Center on Friday, March, 27, 2015.
Editorial: What can happen when Clark County schools are properly funded
May 17, 2015
Statistics and rankings don’t always show are the enormity of the challenges the CCSD faces. Here are a few recent examples of success stories ...
Volunteers conduct a census of the homeless in Clark County on A Street and Washington Avenue in downtown Las Vegas early in the morning on Thursday, January 24, 2013.
Homeless census: Fewer veterans on the streets, but more unaccompanied minors
May 15, 2015
The most recent estimate of the homeless population in Southern Nevada, based on a overnight headcount on Jan. 28, offers both good and bad news: The number of homeless veterans has dropped about 44 percent from the previous year, but the number of unaccompanied homeless minors has increased ...
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.
Testing firm chief redirects blame for Common Core woes
May 15, 2015
The company blamed for standardized-test problems in Nevada this year said it wasn't given enough time to get things right before ...
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.
Common Core not up to code in Nevada
May 11, 2015
State and school district officials watched helplessly for more than a week as problems with the testing company’s servers prevented thousands of students from ...
Bonanza High School teacher Sarah Cuellar is embraced after being given a new car, Friday, May 8, 2015.
‘She has a big heart’: Beloved Bonanza teacher surprised with new car
May 8, 2015
The last handful of years has been hard on Sarah Cuellar and her family. Money was already an issue before her son Brock, 16, was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2011. Then as medical bills piled up, the 19-year veteran math teacher at Bonanza High School and her husband ...
How Clark County is coping with a string of teen suicides
May 8, 2015
From January through April, a 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and two 17-year-olds committed suicide in Southern Nevada, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Dr. Jay Fisher, medical director of pediatric emergency services at University Medical Center, said there has been a steady, slow increase in adolescent suicides and suicide attempts over the past 50 years that doesn’t seem to be waning. A 12-year-old was hospitalized earlier this month after attempting suicide, Fisher said.
Jennifer Bateau, left, shows the Recoil to graduate student Shelby Nelson during the Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition at UNLV Thursday, May 7, 2015. The Recoil allows smartphone owners use the cable that comes with the phone and turn it into a retractable cable.
Robotic security guards and giant water slides: UNLV engineering students show off inventions
May 8, 2015
A table that lifts itself up at the push of a button, a handheld device that protects fragile phone chargers, a drone that detects pollution, a gigantic 2,500 foot water slide and a robot that automatically detects intruders ...
UNLV less than $1 million away from full scholarships for first med school class
May 7, 2015
A campaign to gather donations for the inaugural class of the UNLV School of Medicine raised $5.2 million in less than a month. The school said Thursday it is only ...
Jessica Flynn shows her fifth-graders the gift basket she won for being one of CCSD's "New Educators of the Year," Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
‘I fell in love with the place’: CCSD honors top new teachers for appreciation week
May 6, 2015
She pushes us hard to do our work and do better things,” said one student ...

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