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A view of Vail Pittman Elementary School near Washington Avenue and Torrey Pines Drive on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas.
With CCSD still short 650 teachers, here’s how one school is coping
Aug. 21, 2014
In a perfect world, Kathy Konowalow would be able to fill Pittman Elementary School’s four teacher vacancies with full-time teachers. Yet with four days left until the start of the school year, Clark County School District remains short 650 teachers, and Pittman’s four positions are still open. Life has been anything but perfect ...
New teachers check-in for the Clark County School District teacher orientation at The Venetian on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The school district welcomed about 1,800 new teachers and long-term substitutes.
With 600 vacancies, CCSD turns to long-term subs, out-of-state teachers
Aug. 13, 2014
Mariella Castillo was one of 400 long-term substitute teachers amid a sea of newly hired teachers at the Venetian ballroom on Wednesday for Clark County School District’s teacher orientation ...
Federal grant to help low-income Nevada students prepare for college
Aug. 12, 2014
The Nevada Department of Education received a boost in funding today to help low-income students ...
Crowding, bad school buildings hurt student achievement
Aug. 10, 2014
Communities either make education a priority or they don't. In Nevada, we don't. And while that may be gratifying to some taxpayers in the short term, it's a long-term loss for the county and the state. Here's why ...
Plan calls for $26.7 million state funding request to launch UNLV medical school
Aug. 1, 2014
Planning for the proposed UNLV School of Medicine took a step forward Friday with the unveiling of a business plan calling for the state of Nevada to spend ...
Washoe School Board offers superintendent his job back
July 31, 2014
The Washoe County School Board is asking ousted Superintendent Pedro Martinez to return to his job. The board has agreed to ...
Teacher Amanda Ford, center, talks with Candy Smith, service director for the Teachers Health Trust, during a Clark County School District orientation session for new teachers at the Venetian on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
CCSD’s challenge: Fill 800 teaching positions in three weeks
July 31, 2014
With the start of the 2014-15 school year fast approaching, the Clark County School District faces a conundrum: how to fill 800 vacant teaching positions despite a shortage of ...
From left, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, first lady Kathleen Sandoval and Brig. Gen. William R. Burks attend a memorial ceremony for three Nevada National Guard members on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in Carson City.
Sandoval proud of wife after she lashed out at school board
July 30, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval said Wednesday he “fully supports” his wife, Kathleen, in her comments criticizing the Washoe County School Board over its firing of ...
Former program director pleads not guilty in theft of School District funds
July 28, 2014
A former department head with the Clark County School District pleaded not guilty today to 52 charges related to the theft of nearly $300,000 from her employer. Priscilla Rocha is accused of...
Washoe County school superintendent sues over ouster
July 25, 2014
Washoe County School Superintendent Pedro Martinez is suing the school district over his ouster, and a Reno newspaper is asking the Nevada attorney general to investigate whether ...
UNLV student Greysel Sousa poses outside the UNLV student union Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Sousa, a recipient of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), has started the Coalition for Advancement of Undocumented Student Education (CAUSE) to help other immigrant students, specifically undocumented students and those with DACA work permits.
Helping others: UNLV senior launches group for undocumented students
July 25, 2014
A year ago, Greysel Sousa wouldn’t have made her recent trip to explore the international relations doctorate programs of several East Coast colleges, including Johns Hopkins, Tufts and Princeton. Such a trip would have been...
Katherine Lau, a biomedical engineering student from Rutgers University, Zachary Cook, a UNLV mechanical engineering student, and Kareem Trabia, an A-Tech High School senior, at UNLV on Thursday, July 17, 2014. The team is designing a "robohand" for 4-year-old Hailey Dawson using the school's 3D printer. Dawson was born with a birth defect that left her only with a thumb and pinky on her left hand.
Warm hearts meet high tech: UNLV team crafting new hand for Las Vegas girl
July 25, 2014
When the mother of a 4-year-old Las Vegas girl made a plea for engineers at UNLV to help build her daughter a prosthetic hand, they listened. The result is a wonder of modern technology, created with a 3-D printer and allowing the girl to ...
Washoe schools superintendent says he was unfairly fired
July 23, 2014
The Washoe County School District has fired Superintendent Pedro Martinez with little explanation — and much to the surprise of Reno city officials who embraced his hiring two years ago. The district announced ...
Washoe County School Board relieves superintendent of duties
July 22, 2014
Pedro Martinez has been relieved of duty as superintendent of the Washoe County School District. Martinez, a former deputy superintendent with CCSD, has been …
Tania Reis and Vartan Zakhariants dance together at the Nevada Star Ball held at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel in August 2013. Zakhariants owns Las Vegas'  VZ Dance Studio and Reis is a teacher there.
Dance studio steps in to help local schools fill budget holes
July 22, 2014
When Nessa Apostol first started dancing, it was to escape the monotony that came with being a full-time college student, working two jobs and mending a newly broken heart.

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