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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Charter school authority talks diversity: ‘We have to get better’

By: - December 3, 2018

Students at state-sponsored charter schools performed better on standardized testing than students within traditional school districts in all demographic categories except one: low-income students. That data point emerged Friday amid a discussion on diversity by the appointed board that authorizes the majority of the state’s charter schools. It underscores growing criticism of charter schools from […]

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36 cents an hour? The debate on subminimum wage is here

By: - November 26, 2018

In front of the woman sits a piece of cardboard with a dozen individual rectangles drawn on in permanent marker. Working slowly but steadily, the woman places a small packet onto each rectangle. When each rectangle is filled, she gathers the dozen individual packets into one larger box that will be sold by a retail […]

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Regents will ask Legislature to reform higher ed salary structure

By: - November 19, 2018

K-12 teachers aren’t the only ones not satisfied with salaries. Many within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) are frustrated by its lack of an in-rank salary advancement structure and they want legislators to tackle the issue during the upcoming 2019 session. They argue salary compression — only slight differences between salaries for new […]

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‘Yes on 6’ calls on 2019 Legislature to raise renewable standard

By: - November 14, 2018

‘Yes on 6’ wants to avoid becoming ‘Yes on 3.’ Nevadans voted “yes” last week on Question 6 — a ballot initiative that would require electric utilities to acquire at least 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Because it amends the Nevada Constitution, the ballot measure must be approved by voters […]

Washoe Dems

Election takeaways: Washoe blues, rural-urban divide deepens

By: - November 8, 2018

Nevada academics wasted no time jumping into an election post mortem. The Brookings Institute held a post-election panel discussion Wednesday where they analyzed the previous night’s “blue wave,” in which Democrats claimed victory in almost all statewide races. Panelists included Brookings Mountain West Executive Director Robert Lang, UNLV political science professor David Damore, Brookings fellow […]

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Election 2018: Who should win, according to Nevada children

By: - November 5, 2018

Much has been written — and will continue to be written ad nauseum — about the “youth vote,” typically meaning voters between the ages of 18 and 24, and their potential to disrupt the political establishment and bring baby boomers to tears. Forget about them for a moment. Let’s talk about literal youth! More than […]

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Charter school authority under fire for lax oversight

By: - November 5, 2018

The Nevada State Public Charter School Authority is supposed to conduct evaluative site visits at each of the dozens of schools it oversees. None have been conducted. And staff have no immediate plans to start them. This position was reiterated during an Oct. 24 Interim Finance Committee meeting where legislators asked the charter school authority […]

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New report, same bad ranking: Nevada worst for mental health

By: - October 31, 2018

Mental Health America released its 2019 “State of Mental Health” report and rankings Wednesday. Nevada placed 51st — behind every other state and the District of Columbia. Nevada ranked 51st in last year’s report. And in the previous year. Mental Health America uses 15 different measures for its rankings. They include prevalence of mental health […]

County Commission

Sisolak: Delay Red Rock decision until new commissioners seated

By: - October 26, 2018

Opponents of a proposed housing development near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area received a strong statement of support this week from Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak, who is currently running for governor. Last week, the developers of the proposed project, which would turn a former gypsum mine into a single-family homes, submitted a […]

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Who are these people? An overview of CCSD, NSHE races

By: - October 25, 2018

The Nevada Republican Party last week warned that the outcome of top-ballot races will have a tremendous impact on the state’s education policy, especially in regards to K-12 charter school growth and voucher programs. Both gubernatorial candidates have released education policy plans and gone on the offensive attacking one another over them. For all that […]

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Guinn Center to district charters: Be more like state-sponsored ones

By: - October 25, 2018

The Guinn Center on Wednesday released a report on district-sponsored charter schools. Among their recommendations: Clark County and Washoe County school districts should consider transferring oversight of their underperforming charter schools to the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority or Achievement School District. Short of that, the report recommends school boards encourage their low-performing charters […]

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NV GOP promises more charter schools, vouchers if key races won

By: - October 17, 2018

At an education forum Tuesday night, Nevada Republicans issued a warning to their base: School choice policies will be difficult to pass if Democrats control both the state legislature and the governorship. It’s a rallying cry that works equally well for the Democrats, and it highlights the growing partisanship of education politics, especially at the […]