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How to pay for campus expansion among decisions ahead for UNLV
June 15, 2015
UNLV’s efforts to purchase 42 acres just west of the Thomas & Mack Center have been ongoing since March, but officials will have to decide soon exactly what they want to ...
William Foster, a 17-year-old who attends Nevada Virtual Academy, takes a final exam on his computer at home.
Virtual classroom: Online high school has its advantages
June 15, 2015
During class, William Foster listens to the teacher’s lecture through headphones and takes notes as a student in any classroom would. The school, since it’s part of the public education system, is tuition-free and sends Foster the textbooks he needs. His schedule is similar to a traditional student’s, about six hours each day ...
Banker Selma Bartlett visits Skyworks Aerial Systems to talk about the Eedu educational drone they are developing with a Kickstarter campaign to get drones into K-12 classrooms on Friday, June 12, 2015.  She has signed on to buy 20 drones to further education in the region.
This drone is designed to appeal to youngsters in the classroom
June 13, 2015
At the Henderson headquarters of Skyworks, a drone company founded by former UNLV students, 88-year-old Selma Bartlett holds up the company’s newest creation, a bright ...
Prospect of School District breakup muddies construction financing
June 12, 2015
Financing for new schools is on shaky ground after Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill into law Thursday to break up the Clark County School District. The district ...
School district workers to decide between 2 feuding unions
June 12, 2015
An election will be held in November to settle a feud between two unions that want to represent thousands of Clark County School District workers. The Nevada Employee-Management Relations Board has ordered ballots to be mailed to ...
Green Valley High School valedictorians, from left, Erika Hanuscin, 21 (class of 2012), Ian Hanuscin, 24 (class of 2008) and Nathan Hanuscin, 18 (class of 2015) pose in front of their parents' home in Henderson.
In a family of valedictorians, speeches are a rite of passage
June 12, 2015
The warning Nate Hanuscin received from his older brother Ian was all he needed to power through his four years at Green Valley High School and graduate as a valedictorian. But when he gave the valedictorian speech at the school’s graduation ceremony last week, he didn’t just ...
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signs SB 514 into law at UNLV on Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. The bill authorizes $27 million for the UNLV School of Medicine.
Sandoval signs bill sending $27 million to UNLV medical school
June 11, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill Thursday that authorizes $27 million for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine, a project that could take a bite out of ...
Dr. Kiwon Sohn and others take the Metal Rebel robot  through its paces in the newly built UNLV lab for its drone and robotics programs on Thursday, April 23, 2015.
UNLV comes in eighth in international robotics competition
June 9, 2015
The competition pitted 25 teams from around the world against each other in a “robot olympics” designed to see which could best complete tasks like opening doors, turning valves and driving cars ...
On target issues, Nevada lawmakers had some hits, some misses
June 7, 2015
Education funding was a big hit for this year's Legislature. What else did lawmakers get right? And where did they fail?
Thirty-five fourth-grade students in Ms. Fennoy's class utilize tables instead of desks to tolerate the overcrowding and tight quarters of their portable classroom, which exceeds the average of 30 students, at William V. Wright Elementary School, Friday, March 22, 2013.
With education funding settled, the question is: Who gets a new school?
June 7, 2015
Crowding in elementary schools is not a new problem for the Clark County School District. But thanks to funding authorized by the Legislature this year, the district has its first opportunity since 2008 to ...
Senior Daniel Highfield receives a group hug from friends after his graduation Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Indian Springs High School.
Graduation takes on distinct feel when it’s a class of 17
June 6, 2015
Graduations for high schools in Clark County are often so large they can only fit in places like the Orleans Arena and Thomas & Mack Center. But at Indian Springs, like at CCSD’s other rural schools like in Sandy Valley and Moapa, graduation is more ...
Luz Diaz-Ontiveros
Sunrise Mountain senior led clubs, made perfect grades — and kept her family afloat
June 6, 2015
After her mother got into an accident that left her unable to work and her father had a difficult time finding a steady job, Diaz-Ontiveros had few other options. While most teens were worried about getting their driver's license, Diaz-Ontiveros helped support her family ...
Police: Student said she had sex with teacher at hotels, school
June 5, 2015
A Rancho High School teacher arrested Thursday allegedly engaged in sexual activity with a student in his classroom and at two hotels. Jason Lofthouse, 32, could ...
CCSD teacher arrested on charges of kidnapping, sex acts with student
June 4, 2015
A Rancho High School teacher was arrested Thursday on two counts of first-degree kidnapping and four counts of sexual acts with a student ...
Gov. Brian Sandoval, center, laughs as he looks at a picture presented to him by students at Matt Kelly Elementary School during a bill signing ceremony Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Las Vegas. The ceremony was for Senate Bill 432, which allocates millions of dollars for low-performing schools in the 20 poorest ZIP codes in Nevada.
How will bevy of reforms from ‘education session’ affect Las Vegas schools?
June 4, 2015
Midnight Monday marked the official end of the 2015 Legislature and with it the end of the “education session,” named for the tremendous amount of attention paid this year to Nevada’s notoriously underachieving school system. We talked to Seth Rau, policy director for the education think tank Nevada Succeeds, about what’s next for the session’s biggest education bills and what that means for Southern Nevada. Assembly Bill 394 started as a way to ...

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