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April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. She has been a beat writer at Las Vegas Sun, a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting North American bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise with her husband, two children and two mutts.

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Child care reform: Baby steps expected at Legislature

By: - February 25, 2019

Piecemeal efforts are underway to expand affordable child care options for families with the greatest needs, but the larger conversation about universal daycare hasn’t even begun here in Nevada. This is despite a growing number of voices at the national level, including from one presidential hopeful, calling for Democrats and progressives to place child care […]

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Light rail vs. rapid bus: RTC taking input on Maryland Parkway Project

By: - February 22, 2019

Just under two weeks remain for the public to weigh in on proposals for a high-capacity transit project along Maryland Parkway. The project could bring a long discussed but never realized light rail connecting McCarran International Airport to Downtown Las Vegas. But two less flashy options are also on the table. One is a proposal […]

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Conservation groups criticize lowering of federal grazing fees

By: - February 21, 2019

Private ranchers who use public lands will soon pay the government less money, thanks to a federal fee change announced Wednesday. The U.S Interior Department is lowering its monthly grazing fee from $1.41 per animal unit (equivalent to one cow and calf, one horse, five sheep or five goats) to $1.35 per animal unit month. […]

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Bill would allow 14-year-olds to drive themselves to charter schools

By: - February 20, 2019

One of the challenges many charter schools face is an inability to provide transportation to their students. A group of lawmakers has a novel solution to that problem: Allow the students to drive themselves. Assemblywoman Alexis Hansen this week introduced Assembly Bill 213, a bill that would allow some charter school students to obtain restricted […]

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State treasurer hopes to promote savings accounts for the disabled

By: - February 18, 2019

A savings program for people with disabilities is being underutilized in Nevada, and the state treasurer is exploring ways to remedy the problem. Named for the 2014 Achieving a Better Life Experience Act that established them at the federal level, ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts that allow people with disabilities to save money without […]

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This 1-star high school shows the potential of charter schools

By: - February 11, 2019

One grandmother of a student at Beacon Academy approached its administrators and offered this glowing praise: “My grandson doesn’t hate your school.” Not love. Not like. Just an absence of hate. “It’s okay.” For some schools, this praise — if they would even call it that — wouldn’t register as eventful, but at Beacon they […]

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Lawmakers urged to address the flunking elephant in the room: online schools

By: - February 5, 2019

The State Public Charter School Authority has an online school problem, and charter advocates will be pushing to address it during this legislative session. A presentation at last month’s charter school board meeting illustrates the problem. The SPCSA’s overall graduation rate for the 2017-2018 academic year was 70 percent — far below the statewide graduation […]

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Progressive groups tell lawmakers not to rest on November’s laurels

By: - February 1, 2019

Democratic control of state government doesn’t automatically ensure progressive policy, Nevada groups said Thursday, so they intend to lobby harder than ever during the upcoming legislative session. Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada held a “Progressive State of the State” to highlight their legislative priorities and call on legislators to make good on the progressive platforms […]

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Educators have a taste for charter school reform, but do legislators?

By: - January 29, 2019

Nevada’s two most prominent education associations would love to see sweeping charter school reform but they aren’t holding their breath waiting for it, despite the political conditions being ripe for an overhaul of education policy. When it comes to legislative priorities, both Clark County Education Association (CCEA) and Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) will push […]

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“No caps” tops list of reasons pro-charter group likes Nevada laws

By: - January 22, 2019

Nevada is keeping up with the joneses when it comes to charter school laws, according to pro-charter advocates. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools on Tuesday released its 10th annual ranking of state public charter school laws. The rankings take into consideration 21 benchmarks the organization considers  Those criteria include having access to the […]

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Groups respond to Bonnie Springs project in dramatically different ways

By: - January 18, 2019

The pending closure and sale of Bonnie Springs has sparked a range of reactions from the community, from calls to relocate the ranch’s most popular attractions, to pleas for somebody somewhere to please start talking about how the county handles development and growth as a whole. Save Red Rock wants to save Old Town. The group […]

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Advocates against subminimum wage gain traction in Reno

By: - January 11, 2019

Disability advocates in Nevada celebrated a largely symbolic victory this week as the Reno City Council unanimously passed a resolution to bar the use of subminimum wage within city contracts. The Fair Labor Standards Act allows for authorized employers to pay intellectually disabled people less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, in […]