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April 27, 2017

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Jon Ponder, founder of Hope for Prisoners, speaks to inmates at the Clark County Detention Center April 14 about his rocky path, eventual success and the power of education.
The case for bringing more educational opportunities to Nevada inmates
April 24, 2017
“You want to reduce recidivism, invest in education,” said Jon Ponder, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Hope for Prisoners, which helps those who’ve been incarcerated through the process of re-entering society.
Erich Bergen announces the first five winners at the inaugural Heart of Education Awards in 2016. This year’s April 29 event will treat 910 finalists to a lavish evening, during which 20 teachers will be honored with cash prizes for doing exceptional work in the Clark County School District.
‘Academy Awards’ of Las Vegas education to honor CCSD impact-makers
April 23, 2017
The annual observance rewards Clark County School District teachers with lavish gifts, prize money and an elegant ceremony for their hard work positively affecting students’ lives.
"I Voted" stickers are displayed at an early voting site in a Cardenas supermarket in Las Vegas Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.
Clark County could switch to vote centers by 2018
April 18, 2017
Commissioners today gave Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria the greenlight to pursue the move, which is expected to save money, streamline the result-tallying ...
Science teacher Sergio Lopez leads a science proficiency exam tutoring session for seniors at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas on Monday, April 23, 2012.
Legislators target how teachers are evaluated, cutting test scores out of equation
April 11, 2017
Teacher evaluations are the focus of three bills at the Legislature, with one measure looking to eliminate student test scores from the process completely ...
An exterior view of Hospitality Hall, a new facility under construction at UNLV, Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
Hospitality Hall nearly ready to enhance UNLV hotel college’s soaring reputation
April 10, 2017
You can’t say the new $59 million, 93,500-square-foot building under construction at UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration signals a coming of age for the program if only because ...
Debate over in-state tuition for students in US illegally
April 8, 2017
Twenty states already offer cheaper in-state college tuition to students who are in the United States illegally. Legislation making its way through the Tennessee Legislature would make that state the 21st. ...
School bus involved in crash near downtown Las Vegas
April 5, 2017
A Clark County School District bus was involved in an wreck this morning near Washington Avenue and H Street, according to Metro Police. There were ...
A view of a Ford Taurus sedan after an accident with a a Clark County School District bus on East Sahara Avenue near Lamb Boulevard Monday, April 3, 2017.
2 elementary school students injured in school bus crash on East Sahara Avenue
April 3, 2017
Two students were injured in an accident involving a Clark County School District bus this afternoon in the east valley ...
Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky teaches a game to kindergarten students during the first day of school at Cambeiro Elementary School in 2013. It's a "Zoom" school that receives additional state money and resources to help students who don't speak English, and a weighted funding formula just introduced in the Legislature would expand such support to qualifying students at all public schools.
Public school advocates rally around bill to update funding formula
March 24, 2017
SB178 would establish “weights,” simple multipliers that increase the money spent by the state on students who meet certain criteria, such as those still learning English, students with disabilities and those from low-income backgrounds. Research shows that individuals who have to overcome such obstacles to learn need more attention and resources in the classroom.
Bill would create code of conduct for Nevada teachers
March 23, 2017
A Las Vegas lawmaker is proposing a bill to create a professional code of conduct for Nevada public school teachers. Under the bill sponsored by ...
UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy speaks beside UNLV President Len Jessup during the Nevada State Board of Regents meeting to approve possible new UNLV basketball coach Chris Beard on Friday, April 8, 2016.
UNLV committee will meet today on AD search
March 23, 2017
UNLV’s hunt for a new athletics director will heat up today, when a national search firm is set to meet with the school’s selection committee to present ...
Parents, lawmakers want anti-bullying law at private, charter schools
March 22, 2017
Laura Hernandez didn’t believe her son when at 4 years old he said he wanted to be a girl ...
In this March 8, 2017 photo, teacher Julie Conti, right, leads her government class at Niagara Falls High School through a lesson about political cartoons, examining the structure and intent of the cartoons but staying neutral on whether she agrees with the content, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. With current events increasingly dominating classroom discussions, there's a debate among educators whether it's appropriate for teachers to weigh in with their own political views.
Teaching Trump: Should teachers offer up their own politics?
March 13, 2017
A New York City teacher was warned over a homework question critical of President Donald Trump. An Alabama district fielded complaints for a teacher's "Obama, you're fired!" caption under ...
Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz testifies in committee at the Legislative Building in Carson City on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.
Intraparty squabbles about Schwartz cloud future of ESAs
March 9, 2017
The fate of education savings accounts in Nevada could hinge on a turf battle between Treasurer Dan Schwartz and the Legislature, including, surprisingly ...
Luis and Olivia Espinoza wait for a Nevada Senate Committee on Education video conference at the Sawyer State Building Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Olivia Espinoza testified in favor of Senate Bill 224, which calls for mandatory video cameras in Clark County School District classrooms where at least 51 percent of students are special needs and non-verbal.
Advocates push bill calling for video cameras in CCSD special ed classrooms
March 8, 2017
Olivia Espinoza looked sternly at a camera from Las Vegas on Tuesday as she explained to Nevada Senate Committee on Education Chairman Mo Denis, sitting in Carson City, why her son — an elementary-age, special-needs student — should be filmed while at school ...

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