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August 22, 2014

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Foundation awards local students nearly $770,000 in scholarships
May 27, 2014
The Public Education Foundation awarded nearly $770,000 in college scholarships to more than 370 Clark County students today. In the past two decades, the nonprofit education group has...
Students study math at Canyon Springs High School.
Test your Common Core skills
May 25, 2014
About 44,000 students across Nevada piloted a new standardized test this spring...
Superintendent gets an A for this effort
May 25, 2014
Pat Skorkowsky is the career educator, not me, but I’m going to give him an A* anyway. More on the asterisk later, but the Clark County School District superintendent ...
Ronzone Elementary School teacher Billie Ann Watanabe teaches a lesson in a portable classroom, one of 20 on the central Las Vegas Valley campus. Across the Clark County School District, there are more than 1,200 portable classrooms serving about a fifth of all elementary school children.
School District mulls options to reduce number of portables
May 23, 2014
The Clark County School District has 1,872 portable classrooms, the equivalent of 40 permanent elementary schools. With so many portables, district officials are now wondering ...
Kindergarten students line up for lunch at Elizondo Elementary School in North Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.
District eyes extra support for schools formerly run by Edison
May 22, 2014
The Clark County School District is considering spending $638,000 to provide additional services to its seven elementary schools serving mostly minority students. Earlier this year, the School District ...
CCSD settles disability discrimination lawsuit with ex-teacher
May 22, 2014
The Clark County School Board on Thursday approved a $150,000 settlement with a former teacher who filed a disability discrimination complaint against the district in 2009. Jacqlyn Smith, who was hired by the School District in in 1992, was a ...
Del Sol, Valley high schools could get ‘turnaround’ status if funding OK’d
May 22, 2014
The Clark County School District has applied for $4 million in federal grants to convert two more Las Vegas high schools into “turnaround” campuses. If the School District receives the School Improvement Grant funding ...
CCSD approves $2.2 billion budget, paving way for more teachers
May 21, 2014
The School District’s budget increased nearly $50 million, or about 1 percent, from this fiscal year. District officials said the budget increase is due to slight increases in property tax revenues and ...
Las Vegas geography whiz, 14, seeks victory on national stage
May 19, 2014
Benjamin Hand, 14, has always liked geography. The Las Vegas eighth-grader grew up poring over atlases and Google Maps, looking up countries — near and far — that he hopes to visit one day. But first, Hand is traveling to ...
Boys line up backstage during the Chaparral High School commencement ceremony at the Orleans Arena on Friday, June 15, 2012.
New law to cut number of high school seniors taking part in graduation ceremonies
May 16, 2014
For years, Nevada allowed all seniors who passed their classes to walk at graduation, even if they failed the high school proficiency exam. These students wore caps and gowns and walked across the stage with their class, but instead of a high school diploma, they received a ...
Pat Skorkowsky, Clark County School District superintendent, speaks during an editorial board meeting at the Las Vegas Sun Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014.
Superintendent praised for boosting teacher morale
May 16, 2014
During Pat Skorkowsky’s annual performance review today, the Clark County School Board commended the first-year superintendent for raising teacher morale but had mixed opinions about his communication efforts. Skorkowsky has made
Share your opinion with the state education department about data tracking system
May 14, 2014
Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga is soliciting public comment about a policy governing the privacy and security of student information.
Spanish Teacher Ileana Nelson teaches a Spanish lesson to 17 preschool children at the Henderson International School on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. The private school in Green Valley started offering Spanish classes to preschoolers three years ago so students could video-conference with its sister school in Mexico.
Nevada lags on preschool spending, enrollment, report finds
May 14, 2014
Nevada continues to have one of the lowest preschool spending and enrollment levels nationally, according to a Rutgers University report released this week. Just 3 percent of Nevada 4-year-olds — 1,272 children — attended preschool ...
School District’s new data collection system ‘will change the way we teach students’
May 10, 2014
Officials say the new system will revolutionize the way educators use data to teach students and track their academic progress, but critics wonder ...
Math teacher Perryn Hale waves from his new car on the final day of Teacher Appreciation Week at Roy Martin Middle School Friday, May 9, 2014. Appreciation Financial, an insurance and financial services company, and Findlay Chevrolet teamed up to give a fully-loaded 2014 Chevrolet Sonic RS Turbo to Hale. Reuben Banks, Findlay community relations manager, is at right.
Gift of new car shifts fortunes of popular math teacher down on his luck
May 9, 2014
A drunken driver crashed into him and crushed his body, but he didn’t stop coming to school. He didn’t stop teaching when his wife fell ill, and he had to sell her car to ...

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