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October 1, 2016

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In this July 29, 2016, file photo, protesters for and against a sweeping Nevada school choice program voice their opinions about the measure being argued before the Nevada Supreme Court in Las Vegas.
Nevada high court blocks funding for school choice program
Sept. 29, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that the state's voucher-style Education Savings Accounts program — seen as the broadest school choice initiative in the country — has an unconstitutional funding mechanism that ...
ITT Technical Institute student Scott Sunderlin holds his daughter Callie, 15 months, as his wife Lynnette looks on at their home in Henderson Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Sunderlin is considering his options after ITT abruptly closed all it's schools on Sept. 6.
'We all kind of got duped': Local ITT Tech students left with few options after school's closure
Sept. 27, 2016
Brandon Lang realized something was wrong when one of his professors at ITT Tech told him they had been paid a week early. Turns out, something was very wrong for the future of his college. Late last month, after years of investigations, the U.S. Department of Education forbade the ...
Nevada State College is growing fast and going places, president says
Sept. 22, 2016
Since NSC opened in 2002, it has gone from a fledgling school teaching 177 students in a former vitamin factory to a college of 3,500 undergraduates with a foundation that recently annihilated a $10 million fundraising goal by raising nearly twice that amount.
Elaine Wynn, ex-wife of billionaire Steve Wynn, filed suit to lift divorce-related restrictions on the sale of her stock in Wynn Resorts. Fellow board members voted against nominating her for another term.
Billionaire Elaine Wynn delights in minutiae of education reform
Sept. 22, 2016
Elaine Wynn is one of the wealthiest women in the United States, has no school-aged children, and could be doing just about anything. But, instead of simply writing checks behind the scenes, she serves as the president of the Nevada State Board of Education, where she delights in the jargon and tedium of slow-burning education reform. Her confidants include the likes of Warren Buffett, Maria Shriver and ...
Kindergarten teacher Christine Cordova sits among school supplies stacked against a wall in the garage of her home in Henderson Sunday, July 27, 2014. Cordova rented a 19-foot U-Haul to pack up her classroom supplies from her old school as she prepares to move into a new school in the fall.
CCSD teachers say they average $750 in out-of-pocket expenses annually for classroom
Sept. 16, 2016
Imagine a having a job in which it’s assumed that you will spend hundreds of dollars out of your own pocket annually for basic supplies and equipment ...
UNLV President Len Jessup offers his State of the University speech Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.
New med school, football complex part of a changing UNLV, Jessup says in annual speech
Sept. 15, 2016
It's been a busy few months for the university and Jessup, about to come up on his second full year at UNLV. The school just received a $10 million gift from the Fertitta family to ...
A view of Walter Johnson Junior High School Monday Sept. 12, 2016. Classes at the school were cancelled Monday for a third day due to mercury contamination. Mercury was first found at the school on Wednesday.
Police following leads in how mercury got into middle school
Sept. 15, 2016
Officials say they have a few leads in their investigation into who brought at least a quarter-cup of mercury to a Las Vegas middle school. One student's home was found to be contaminated with the element, but ...
Parents and a student check on whether they can pick up personal belongings at Walter Johnson Junior High School Monday Sept. 12, 2016. Classes at the school were cancelled Monday for a third day due to mercury contamination.
Junior high school reopens after 1/4 cup of mercury is cleaned up
Sept. 13, 2016
A Las Vegas middle school is back in session nearly a week after a mercury discovery forced more than 1,000 students into a quarantine that ...
A view of Walter Johnson Junior High School Monday Sept. 12, 2016. Classes at the school were cancelled Monday for a third day due to mercury contamination. Mercury was first found at the school on Wednesday.
EPA puzzled by amount of mercury at Las Vegas middle school
Sept. 12, 2016
Investigators say they're puzzled by a significant amount of mercury found at a Las Vegas middle school days after a few dribbles of the neurotoxin was first discovered and forced more than 1,000 students into a quarantine that lasted overnight ...
No class Monday at Walter Johnson Junior High as EPA continues mercury testing
Sept. 11, 2016
Classes won’t resume Monday at Walter Johnson Junior High School as the Environmental Protection Agency continues working to clear the school of mercury contamination ...
Clark County School District overhaul gets final approval
Sept. 9, 2016
Starting next year, the Clark County School District as known will cease to exist. After a final review this morning, state legislators voted unanimously to approve a sweeping plan to ...
School mostly cleared of any mercury contamination; classes set to resume Monday
Sept. 9, 2016
Most of Walter Johnson Junior High School has been cleared of any potential mercury contamination, and students likely will return to class on Monday, Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said. Mercury was ...
Parents voice concerns after mercury found at school
Sept. 9, 2016
Concerned parents directed sometimes angry questions at officials after the discovery of a small amount of mercury at a Las Vegas school prompted an hourslong screening for exposure for more than ...
1,200 students kept at school overnight after mercury found
Sept. 8, 2016
Hundreds of anxious parents staked out a Las Vegas middle school after mercury was found and federal officials kept more than a thousand students for up to 17 hours to screen them for ...
Benedikt Negro, Arts Nomades teaching artist specialized in circus arts, gives a demonstration during a press conference at the Public Education Foundation on Aug. 31, 2016. Cirque de Soleil is partnering with the Public Education Foundation to launch Arts Nomades, an academic collaboration enriching artistic and cultural education in elementary schools.
Cirque du Soleil performers heading to CCSD classrooms
Sept. 6, 2016
Arts Nomades will be available for about 1,200 students at Quannah McCall and Gilbert elementary schools. The free program will feature one-hour weekly lessons from former and current Cirque performers, who will ...

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