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30 percent of young Nevada children are obese, study finds
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Nearly a third of Nevada children are considered obese by the time they enter kindergarten, according to a recent UNLV report. UNLV’s report found that ...
Help your children stay on top with summer reading
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Minimize the negative effects of a long break on your kids’ education. Book suggestions for kids and adults.
CCSD joins broad campaign calling for new school funding formula
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Clark County School Board unanimously passed a joint resolution tonight, joining school boards and superintendents across Nevada in calling for a change in the way ...
Study: New UNLV stadium could pack $511 million economic punch
Thursday, June 19, 2014
UNLV’s proposed new football stadium could add $231 million to $511 million in direct spending to the Las Vegas economy each year, if it’s built. The university hopes to build a 50,000-seat stadium closer to ...
Report shows more Nevada kids in poverty; lawmakers consider funding change
Thursday, June 19, 2014
More Nevada children are living in poverty as the state sluggishly recovers from the Great Recession, according to a new UNLV report released Wednesday.
Senior send-offs: Local high school grads talk growing up
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
More than 14,000 Clark County high school seniors are graduating this year in the class of 2014. We spoke with eight seniors from Shadow Ridge High School on their graduation day about growing up in Las Vegas, graduating and what's next ...
Lawmakers say no to local control of community colleges
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
An interim legislative committee today recommended keeping Nevada’s five community colleges under the higher education system instead of placing them under local control. Over the objections of...
Lawsuit alleges ex-superintendent Dwight Jones ‘buried’ multimillion-dollar deficit
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
A local health insurance broker has sued the Clark County School District, alleging wrongful termination as well as financial mismanagement by ...
With health care costs rising, CCSD mulls districtwide insurance plan
Monday, June 16, 2014
The Clark County School District is considering a single, districtwide health insurance plan to offer cheaper health care for its 38,000 employees. The district has been trying to ...
Why so many higher-ed professors make so little
Sunday, June 15, 2014
At UNLV, almost 40 percent of the faculty make less than a first-year first-grade teacher.
Local middle schoolers invent pollen neutralizing pocket
Hyde Park sixth- and seventh-graders to compete in national science competition
Friday, June 13, 2014
For all the talk about attracting entrepreneurs to Southern Nevada, students at one Clark County middle school are proving that great business ideas can be grown right here in Las Vegas. Seven Hyde Park Middle School students will head to Washington, D.C., next week to represent Nevada in a national science competition, showcasing inventions as sophisticated as....
UNLV ditches planned stadium location, may pursue off-campus site
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The university is now looking for a new site for its 50,000-seat stadium. Alternative stadium locations include the parking lot of the Thomas & Mack Center and 40 acres of ...
Voters narrow candidate field in education races
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
In a state with some of the lowest education rankings nationally, few voters turned out to cast their ballot for the leaders of their local schools, colleges and universities. Just 14 percent ...
For some high school seniors, work won’t be rewarded with walk
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Despite a 3.4 grade-point average and several academic and extracurricular achievements, a senior at Liberty High School is among many in Clark County who will not be allowed to join their classmates at graduation ceremonies this week, all because ...
Sun Summer Camp Fund returns a bit of childhood to those who need it
Sunday, June 8, 2014
For more than 43 years, the Sun Summer Camp Fund has provided thousands of children from low-income families an opportunity to experience a classic childhood memory ...
Over student objections, tuition at UNLV going up 17 percent
Friday, June 6, 2014
Nevada’s higher education leaders today approved a four-year plan to raise undergraduate tuition at UNLV by 17 percent. The 13-member Board of Regents voted 7-6 to pass the tuition hike over student concerns about the skyrocketing cost of higher education. The 13-member Board ...
Walk of redemption: Women inmates overcome troubled past to graduate high school
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
One by one, their names were called. Audience members — parents, children, friends and teachers — cheered them on inside the gymnasium. As they crossed the stage and received their diplomas, the women walked past their troubled pasts and all the missteps that landed them here ...
Instant wisdom: Tutoring sites offer quick help for struggling students
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Karen Nokley’s 17-year-old daughter was struggling in her physics class last fall. So Nokley did what generations of thoughtful parents have done: She began looking for a tutor. Finding a tutor once meant trolling bulletin boards at libraries and colleges and writing down phone numbers. Now ...
In his own world, autistic high schooler’s imagination takes flight
Sunday, June 1, 2014
When Ben Nelson was 4 years old, a social worker told his mother that the boy wouldn’t amount to anything. Ben had just been diagnosed with autism, a social and developmental disorder that affects 1 in 68 children. As an infant, he couldn’t do the simplest motions, like roll over on his back. Later, he would have trouble learning to talk. But on June 11, Ben Nelson will prove that social worker wrong ....
School districts to share cost of new testing
Thursday, May 29, 2014
The Clark County School District has agreed to pay part of the cost for a new state-mandated exam next year. In 2013, state lawmakers passed a law that required...
District magnet school to celebrate Grammy with concert
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts will receive its 11th Grammy award today, the most of any …
Foundation awards local students nearly $770,000 in scholarships
Tuesday, 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...
Test your Common Core skills
Sunday, May 25, 2014
About 44,000 students across Nevada piloted a new standardized test this spring...
School District mulls options to reduce number of portables
Friday, 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 ...
District eyes extra support for schools formerly run by Edison
Thursday, 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
Thursday, 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
Thursday, 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 ...
Proposed UNLV stadium could take in up to $23.1 million a year
Thursday, May 22, 2014
UNLV’s proposed on-campus stadium could generate between $7 million and $12.1 million in net operating income during its first year, depending on whether it’s open-air or domed, according to the university’s consultants. Conventions, Sports and Leisure International officials...
CCSD approves $2.2 billion budget, paving way for more teachers
Wednesday, 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
Monday, 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 ...
UNLV student comes from a dark past, has a Fulbright future
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Meet Bradley Davey. He’s just the 12th UNLV student to ever earn a Fulbright scholarship. He just graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average and is planning on teaching low-income students at a school in Germany. Oh, and he’s a high school dropout.
New law to cut number of high school seniors taking part in graduation ceremonies
Friday, 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 ...
Superintendent praised for boosting teacher morale
Friday, 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
State’s teen pregnancy rate still high but dropping substantially
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Teenage girls in Nevada are less than half as likely to get pregnant in 2010 as in 1988, but the state is still in the top seven nationally.
Share your opinion with the state education department about data tracking system
Wednesday, 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.
Nevada lags on preschool spending, enrollment, report finds
Wednesday, 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’
Saturday, 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 ...
Gift of new car shifts fortunes of popular math teacher down on his luck
Friday, 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 ...
Substitute teacher at Foothill suffers medical episode, has to be restrained
Friday, May 9, 2014
Henderson Police spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said the male teacher was “talking incoherently and acting erratically.” The substitute teacher was restrained and …
New dean calls med school a matter of priorities and return on investment
Friday, May 9, 2014
The "planning dean" for the proposed UNLV medical school talks about Nevada's doctor shortage, fundraising and the timetable for getting the school off the ground ...
UNLV taps ‘planning dean’ for proposed medical school
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
UNLV officials announced a new dean who is charged with shepherding a proposed UNLV medical school into reality. Barbara Atkinson, who comes from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, will become ...
Superintendent: ‘We’ve got to stop cycle’ of school bullying
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
A task force created by Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky in the wake of a middle school student’s suicide recommended today that the Clark County School District strengthen its reporting and disciplinary policies and...
How to get the most out of the hours spent in school
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
What started as an innovative way for Salman Khan to tutor his cousins has become a renowned online school. Khan talked about how he would improve education in America during a speech Monday in Las Vegas ...
Regents settle on Georgia firm to lead search for UNLV president
Friday, May 2, 2014
Nevada’s higher education leaders are one step closer to selecting an executive search firm to find the next president of UNLV. A UNLV presidential search committee voted unanimously today to ...
High-schoolers up ante to score prom date with elaborate proposals
Friday, May 2, 2014
These days, asking a date to prom has become an elaborate and splashy affair. Students — both male and female — are inviting each other to prom in increasingly creative ways.
UNLV ahead of the curve in preventing sexual assault on campus
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The White House has issued a report and launched a website giving recommendations to schools to protect students, but many of those suggestions are already in place here ...
Superintendent: Cheating scandal will not be ‘swept under the carpet’
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Pat Skorkowsky acknowledged that the School District failed to investigate the school adequately, but also said the district and state were unprepared to handle ...
2 families scarred by chronic bullying sue for changes at CCSD
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The parents wore purple wristbands with a simple message: ♥ Hailee ♥ Stop Bullying. Purple was Hailee Joy Lamberth’s favorite color. In December, the White Middle School seventh-grader killed herself, leaving...
Majority-minority magnet school named state’s best
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Advanced Technologies Academy ranked in the top 500 nationwide in U.S. News and World Report's rankings. See which schools received gold, silver and bronze medals.
Nevada’s high school graduation rate is worst in the nation
Monday, April 28, 2014
Although the average graduation rate nationally hit a record high of 80 percent in 2012, Nevada had the lowest rate in the country at 63 percent, according to...

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