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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?”
Erica Korbel, founder of Students United in Recycling School Supplies, speaks during the fourth annual Philanthropy Leaders Summit, Friday Feb 6, 2015.
Charity recycles school supplies for homeless youth
July 5, 2015
For the past five years, Erica Korbel, a recent Bishop Gorman High School graduate has spent the last days of each school year gathering discarded supplies for homeless students through her organization Students United in Recycling School Supplies ...
Students Isabel Onisile, 11, left, and Octavia McKindra, 11, attend a rally at the Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School at the National School Choice Week Capitol celebration in Carson City, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.
Constitutional challenge could be coming for Nevada private school vouchers
July 3, 2015
Here’s what Nevada’s Constitution says: “No public funds of any kind or character whatever, State, County or Municipal, shall be used for sectarian purpose.”
Teachers chat before the start of a Clark County School District orientation session for new teachers Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at the Venetian. More than 1,700 teachers took part in the orientation.
CCSD teachers not happy to hear new budget might mean no raises — again
July 1, 2015
Upset teachers spared no time decrying the news as unfair in light of the fact that the state approved bonuses of $5,000 for new teachers who have agreed to work in at-risk schools ...
Guidelines being developed for private school subsidies
June 30, 2015
State Treasurer Dan Schwartz said he is taking an “expansive” approach to allow as many parents as possible to receive state aid to send their children to private or religious schools. Initial guidelines were released today for ...
Western Governors University to offer online classes in Nevada
June 30, 2015
Buoyed by an endorsement from Gov. Brian Sandoval, the online Western Governors University is making its way into Nevada. The university announced this month that ...
More than 230 new laws take effect Wednesday
June 29, 2015
Part of the so-called “New Nevada” will be born Wednesday when laws affecting education and veterans — as well as provisions that will pump an estimated $18 billion into state agencies during the next two fiscal years — become effective.
Private school eyes expansion to Las Vegas, plans introductory meetings
June 28, 2015
A California-based private school specializing in educating academically advanced students and those with learning challenges in nontraditional settings is exploring whether ...
Students prepare a planting area during a summer garden camp at Crestwood Elementary School Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Green Our Planet, a Las Vegas nonprofit organization established in 2013, has helped establish gardens in dozens of area schools.
School gardens cultivate young minds
June 28, 2015
Walter Bracken Elementary is among dozens of Clark County schools that, thanks to local nonprofit Green Our Planet, have on-campus gardens ....
Nevada begins developing program to pay for private school
June 24, 2015
The Nevada Treasurer's Office has begun work on a new program that will pay parents $5,000 or more per child to leave public school and attend private school. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that State Treasurer Dan Schwartz said Tuesday he's ...
Hey Reb and Khem Kong try to distract a Fresno State free-throw attempt during their game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won 75-73 in overtime.
Reid says he didn’t urge UNLV to rethink its mascot
June 23, 2015
No, Harry Reid is not calling on UNLV to change the name of the Runnin’ Rebels or get rid of Hey Reb! because they could be construed as a reference to the Confederacy ...
UNLV gaming professor Gary Waters explains the table game of craps to hotel college students at the Konami Gaming Lab on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The gaming lab gives students hands-on experience in casino management.
MGM, Station, Boyd donate $7.5 million for new hotel college building at UNLV
June 23, 2015
A trio of local gaming industry giants have contributed $7.5 million toward construction of a state-of-the-art hospitality building at UNLV, the university announced this week. Station Casinos, MGM Resorts International and Boyd Gaming, a longtime contributor to ...
Education Dept. renews Nevada No Child Left Behind waiver
June 23, 2015
The Obama administration is giving seven more states and the District of Columbia continued flexibility from the requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. Besides the nation's capital, Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday announced ...
Cortez Elementary School teacher Shasta Thompson reads with third graders (l-r) Isaiah Corona, 9; Uziel Umana, 9; Rafael Lucio, 9; and Reily Armenta, 8; on Monday, June 22, 2014. Cortez is one of 14 "Zoom Schools" in Clark County that is receiving 17 additional days of school this year to help English-language learner students retain their literacy skills over the summer.
Q&A: What new program director wants for CCSD’s English-language learners
June 23, 2015
Nearly 70,000 students in CCSD are ELL, a full 22 percent of the entire student population. Nationally, they make up just 10 percent of all students. Many arrive without ...
Nevada fails to meet federal mandate for Common Core testing
June 18, 2015
Standardized Common Core testing is over in Nevada, and we have a verdict: It was a complete disaster. Only 5 percent of students in Clark County were able to ...

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