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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, three children and one mutt.

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 […]

school choice forum

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 […]

Jones-Black debate

Proposed development near Red Rock looms over commission race

By: - October 17, 2018

Three Clark County Commission seats are up for grabs this November. The most contentious of the three races has divided support between sitting commissioners and renewed interest in the board’s role in approving major developments within unincorporated parts of the valley. Setting the tone is Democratic candidate Justin Jones, a former state senator and the […]

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Lack of affordable child care: Tough on families, drag on the economy

By: - October 15, 2018

Elizabeth and her husband pay $1,000 per month to keep their two young girls — ages 2 and 4 — in daycare four days a week. The couple considers themselves lucky. They should be paying $1,400 per month but the friend who referred them to their daycare is buddies with its owner, so they snagged […]

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What top-rated charter schools have in common: fewer poor kids

By: - October 5, 2018

When the Nevada Department of Education released its performance ratings last month, “school choice” advocates were quick to boast that charter schools outperformed traditional public school districts, but demographic data at the individual school level paints a more complicated picture. Thirty percent of traditional public schools (meaning schools within Clark County School District, Washoe County […]

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Improper work classification puts people at risk. Just ask Route 91 bartenders.

By: - October 1, 2018

Fly-by-night staffing companies that choose to hire people as independent contractors or under-the-table are able to accept lowball contracts from event operators. When these events go smoothly, which is typically the case in a city like Las Vegas that is built off hospitality and special-event expertise, no red flags are raised and all parties involved […]

PUC

Environmental groups praise NV Energy but are mixed on Question 3

By: - September 20, 2018

Clean energy advocates turned out en masse to a meeting of the Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday to heap praise upon NV Energy for promising to invest more in renewables. Back in June, NV Energy unveiled its latest “integrated resource plan” — a lengthy, wonky document it is required to submit to its regulatory body […]

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Voter registration drives in Nevada may become a thing of the past

By: - September 17, 2018

Fifty days remain until Election Day; 33 until early voting begins. Between now and then, Nevadans will be subjected to political campaigns and advertisements pushing not only the candidates and ballot initiatives but the act of civic engagement itself. Canvassers with clipboards will be approaching them in grocery store parking lots and going door-to-door: Are […]

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A look at low teacher pay (and new strategy for raising it)

By: - September 10, 2018

Over the past year teacher salaries have become a topic of conversation across the country, and unrest among educators led to protests and strikes in West Virginia, Arizona and Oklahoma. So how do teacher salaries in Nevada compare? Not so great, according to one new report. The report, released last week by the Economic Policy […]

Visually impaired children play with a robot at the Nevada Blind Children's Foundation's new learning center.

Lack of resources for blind youth can lead to gaps that last a lifetime

By: - September 5, 2018

“Hurdle after hurdle after hurdle.” That’s how Terri and Aaron Rupp describe the ongoing experience of getting their daughter enrolled and accommodated within Clark County School District. Marley, 8, was diagnosed with optic nerve atrophy at age 4. Doctors expect the degenerative genetic condition to take away the majority of Marley’s eyesight, leaving her legally […]