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March 27, 2017

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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 ...
Nevada State College to offer bachelor’s in deaf studies
March 7, 2017
Beginning this year, Nevada State College will be the first institution of higher education in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree in deaf studies ...
Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, during President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber in the Capitol, Feb. 28, 2017. Trump signaled in the address that he will move aggressively to allow public school students to use tax money to pay for tuition at public charter schools, private schools and even religious schools.
Trump's call for school vouchers is a return to a campaign pledge
March 2, 2017
President Donald Trump, returning to a promise that won him cheers on the campaign trail, signaled in his first address to Congress on Tuesday that he will ...
Supporters of the ESA voucher program rally prior to the start of the Nevada Supreme Court hearing on Senate Bill 302 at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Friday, July 29, 2016.
New data on school vouchers highlights negative outcomes
March 1, 2017
Studies on the early phases of switching to private school through vouchers show a drop in student performance in English and math and on standardized tests.
Chaparral High School Principal Lolo James watches students stream by as he begins his first day as the top administrator there.
Chaparral High principal wins national award from Communities in Schools
Feb. 28, 2017
James worked with the group to start initiatives such as a clothing closet, housing assistance, self-esteem classes, food, school supplies, eye and dental care and ...
Students at Kay Carl Elementary School read during their library time, Friday May 13, 2016.
What’s next for Education Savings Accounts in Nevada?
Feb. 28, 2017
Some opponents of Education Savings Accounts say Nevada’s version of school choice is dead. But the Legislature continues to discuss the program’s budget, and two new bills are anticipated to be ...
Faculty, parents and students attend a rally at Von Tobel Middle School in Las Vegas on Oct. 26, 2016. The rally was to discuss the school's inclusion on a shortlist to be converted into a charter school.
With takeover on hold, schools take a breath
Feb. 27, 2017
A handful of mostly low-income and racially diverse schools were going to be converted into charter schools under the Achievement School District program, passed by Republicans in 2015, but nobody was sure exactly which ones would make the cut ...
State treasurer doing Nevadans a grave disservice
Feb. 27, 2017
No amount of public relations spin can bring Senate Bill 302, which authorized Education Savings Accounts (ESA) vouchers, back to life. ESAs are dead ...
Swastika painted on front door of Cheyenne High School
Feb. 21, 2017
The graffiti was discovered before students returned to classes after the three-day weekend, CCSD Police Capt. Ken Young said. A suspect and motive have not been identified and investigators are combing through surveillance images.

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