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June 17, 2021

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A man holds up a sign against Critical Race Theory during a protest outside a Washoe County School District board meeting on May 25, 2021, in Reno.
Nevada schools reckon with race, triggering polarization
June 12, 2021
Nevada has become the latest flashpoint in a national debate over how to teach students about racism and its role in U.S. history, with parents clashing over curriculum proposals.
Danica Hays officially takes over as dean of UNLV’s College of Education on July 1.
UNLV’s new education dean to hit the ground running with the community’s help
June 8, 2021
Elevated to dean of the College of Education effective July 1, Danica Hays’ mission to diversify the teacher workforce — especially in Las Vegas — includes continuing partnerships with more than 45 national, regional and local partners, including Clark County School District, nonprofits and municipalities.
The Clark County School District offices are shown in Las Vegas in May 2009.
Clark County School District lauds state education bills
June 7, 2021
The Clark County School District said bills recently passed by the state Legislature mark a “momentous shift” in the state’s education system ...
Football players work out in the updated weight room at Western High School Monday, June 10, 2013. The high school football programs at Chaparral and Western received donations of $500,000 to upgrade everything from the weight room to field equipment and new uniforms.
Nevada bans racially offensive mascots and 'sundown sirens'
June 4, 2021
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill on Friday that directs local school boards to ban "racially discriminatory” mascots, logos and names amid a national movement to phase out the use of symbols that ...
Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara responds to questions during a news conference at Wolff Elementary School in Henderson Friday, March 5, 2021.
Some CCSD students will have option to continue learning online in pilot program
May 30, 2021
Coming off of a school year in which some children struggled in the remote-learning environment but others thrived, the Clark County School District is planning a pilot program ...
Students arrive at Rex Bell Elementary School on the first day of in-person school, Monday March 1, 2021.
Las Vegas schools adjusting mask policy for students, staff
May 25, 2021
The Clark County School District is dropping mask requirements for fully vaccinated students and staff in most situations. The district said its new policy will ...
Sue Fawn Chung
UNLV scholar to discuss how Chinese Americans helped shape Las Vegas
May 23, 2021
When Sue Fawn Chung arrived in Las Vegas in the mid-1970s, there weren’t many other Asians in the valley.
CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense competitor Owen Thompson fixes potential configuration vulnerabilities in server software through the CyberPatriot platform at Faith Lutheran High School, Friday, May 14, 2021. Thompsons team finished first in its statewide CyberPatriot competition division and became the first Nevada team to reach the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition national finals.
Faith Lutheran students make finals of cybersecurity competition
May 20, 2021
Owen Thompson, an 18-year-old senior at Faith Lutheran High School, has been competing for years, but his team has never before made it to the championships. He doesn’t play basketball or football or any other sport, for that matter. Thompson is a member of his ...
Construction crews continue work on the UNLV School of Medicine, which was officially named after businessman and philanthropist Kirk Kerkorian Thursday, April 8, 2021. YASMINA CHAVEZ
Nevada Senate OKs $25 million for UNLV medical school
May 18, 2021
The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV is a step closer to getting a $25 million contribution from the state for its new campus. The state Senate passed a bill today to appropriate the funds for ...
Sharica Lee graduated from CSN with an associate degree in psychology and will attend UNLV in the fall.
For former professional dancer, CSN degree helps launch second career
May 15, 2021
After ending a professional dancing career, one that saw her perform on the Las Vegas Strip and with NFL teams, Sharica Lee couldn’t help but feel lost in life.
Students arrive at Rex Bell Elementary School on the first day of in-person school, Monday March 1, 2021.
Clark County schools continue to require face masks for now
May 14, 2021
The Clark County School District will continue to require students and staff to wear masks on campus, despite state and federal guidelines allowing people who have received the ...
Graduate student Adugna "Adu" Siweya poses at UNLV Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Siweya, an immigrant from Ethiopia, will graduate with a Master's Degree in Public Health on Thursday.
UNLV to honor immigrant's long, hard journey to graduation
May 13, 2021
Adugna “Adu” Siweya would drive his taxi past UNLV many times during his shift taking passengers to and from the airport. He would glance over at the university and envision what it would be like being a student.
Students, from left, Taylor, 17, Troy, 14, and Tamsen, 12, (last name withheld) pose with principal Amy Smith at Becker Middle School Thursday, May 6, 2021. The school received a Purple Star award from the Nevada Department of Education for supporting military families. Taylor is a former Becker Middle School student.
Las Vegas schools recognized for helping military families
May 10, 2021
By the time Taylor entered seventh grade at Becker Middle School, she had already attended five other schools. The daughter of an Air Force member, she switched schools every time her father was transferred to a new base. “It’s hard, but it’s the only thing I’ve ever known,” she said. Becker was the biggest school she had ...
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many incoming freshmen at UNLV did not take the SAT or ACT standardized college exams. To help university officials place those students in the proper classes in the fall, UNLV is asking any incoming student to take an online placement test.
UNLV: Incoming students urged to take placement tests to complete enrollment
May 7, 2021
Steve McKellips arrived at Marquette University with four years of Spanish on his high school transcript. When it came time to get placed in a first-year college Spanish course, admission officials used that background to determine ...
Teacher Juliana Urtubey, right, works with A'Real Wilkerson-Lay in a class at Kermit R Booker Sr Elementary School Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Las Vegas. Urtubey is the the 2021 National Teacher of the Year.
Las Vegas educator named National Teacher of the Year
May 6, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic forced students out of the classroom and starkly revealed how learning difficulties, distractions and challenging home dynamics can make it tough to adhere to a rigid curriculum. In a year with so much loss, a silver lining is that educators are embracing a flexible approach that meets students where they ...

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