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April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. 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.

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How legislators plan to make solar an option for renters, the poor

By: - April 10, 2019

With its positive impact on air quality and the environment, solar energy is touted as a benefit for everyone. However, the financial benefits of going green — the reduced or eliminated monthly energy bills, the incentivizing tax credits or government rebates — are typically accessible to a much smaller percentage of the population. Rooftop solar […]

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Achievement District executive appointed to lead charter school authority

By: - April 9, 2019

Gov. Steve Sisolak has appointed Achievement School District Acting Director Rebecca Feiden as executive director of the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority. Feiden is currently the acting director of the Achievement School District, a Nevada Department of Education initiative that takes low-performing schools within traditional public school districts and converts them into charter schools. […]

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Cortez Masto, Rosen call for release of detained pregnant immigrants

By: - April 8, 2019

Prompted by the recent revelation that as many as 28 women in the past two years have miscarried while in immigration detention, Senate Democrats are demanding additional details on pregnant detainees. Sixteen senators, led by Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, issued an April 8 letter to the acting director and commissioner of Immigration and Customs […]

Signature Preparatory Charter School

Charter school moratorium rebranded as a ‘pause’

By: - April 5, 2019

The State Public Charter School Authority’s backlog on school evaluations — and their outdated criteria for evaluations — may be catching up with it. The authority found itself in hot water with the Interim Finance Committee last year over their failure to complete evaluative site visits on the dozens of schools they oversee. Now, with […]

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The case for taxing vehicles based on the miles they travel

By: - April 3, 2019

Drivers of electric and hybrid cars would pay more at the DMV, if a bill to increase funding of the State Highway Fund is passed by the Nevada Legislature. Critics worry the bill would disincentivize consumers from buying clean-energy vehicles, but backers say the bill provides an equitable solution to a critical funding problem. The […]

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Affordable housing bill clarifies local government’s role in crisis

By: - April 2, 2019

It’s the classic case of he said, she said. On one side: legal counsel for the State of Nevada, whose position is that existing law allows cities and counties to pass affordable housing policies such as inclusionary zoning and rent control without approval from the state. On the other side: legal counsel for various cities […]

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Immigration activists split on police bill: Good first step? Or not enough?

By: - March 29, 2019

Democratic Assemblyman Edgar Flores made it clear from the very beginning of the hearing: He is not attempting to get local law enforcement agencies out of the immigration enforcement game entirely. His bill, AB281, which was heard by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Friday, seeks only to ensure that police officers in the field do […]

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City of Las Vegas detains hundreds of people for ICE, group says

By: - March 28, 2019

Over a 26-month period, Immigration and Customs Enforcement picked up more than 1,000 people from under the custody of the City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety, according to a workers rights organization. Arriba Las Vegas Workers Center says that since 2017, the Department of Public Safety, which manages the city jail, has “consistently […]

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Parent alleges rampant violation of open meeting law at charter schools

By: - March 27, 2019

Charter schools often market themselves as autonomous institutions where progress and best practices aren’t hindered by bureaucracy, and where parents can play an active role in education and affect change. But one parent believes the majority of charter schools are failing to follow state open meeting laws and possibly leaving parents like him out of […]

Signature Preparatory Charter School

Bill calls for moratorium on new charter schools until 2021

By: - March 26, 2019

The rapid growth of the charter school industry could come to a screeching halt in Nevada, thanks to a bill introduced Monday. The proposed bill, AB462, would prohibit the approval or opening of new charter schools until Jan. 1, 2021. The bill is sponsored by the Assembly Committee on Education. State law currently allows public […]

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Sisolak names Jhone Ebert next education superintendent

By: - March 25, 2019

Gov. Steve Sisolak has appointed a former CCSD administrator to the state’s top education position. Announced in a press release today, Jhone Ebert will begin as superintendent of public instruction for the Nevada Department of Education on April 2. She replaces Steve Canavero, who resigned Feb. 6. Ebert is currently the senior deputy commissioner for […]

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Teachers union pushes dedicated funding source for salaries

By: - March 25, 2019

When Gov. Steve Sisolak promised educators a 3 percent raise during his state-of-the-state speech, some teachers couldn’t help but wonder: Would that money ever reach their paychecks? Or would the money be diverted elsewhere? It’s happened before. Teachers within Clark County School District are supposed to be able to look toward the salary schedule negotiated by their collective bargaining […]