Making sense of NV’s K-12 testing data and drops in math, reading proficiency

BY: - September 17, 2021

Interpreting this pandemic year’s K-12 standardized test results could be an exam all on its own. The Nevada Department of Education on Thursday released the results of the 2020-21 Smarter Balanced assessments, which the state typically gives annually to students in third through eighth grades. On the surface the results found that: 26.3% of assessed […]

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UNLV regains top spot for diversity in annual rankings

BY: - September 13, 2021

U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 edition of its “Best Colleges” rankings once again names the University of Nevada, Las Vegas among the most diverse universities in the country. The publication’s annual rankings also found UNLV making gains in social mobility. cracking the top 100. In the report released Monday, UNLV was placed in a […]

Feds approve Nevada’s $1.07 billion K-12 federal relief plan

BY: - September 13, 2021

Nevada’s plan to spend $1.07 billion in covid federal relief money on its K-12 system received approval Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Nevada was allocated $1.07 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) money as part of the American Rescue Plan in March. Two-thirds of that money — $715 million […]

House panel includes universal pre-K, free community college in reconciliation

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Education & Labor Committee on Friday finished a marathon markup of legislation that would provide universal pre-K education, expand federal Pell Grants for college students and institute two years of free community college. The $761 billion measure, approved on a party-line 28-22 vote, will be combined with other pieces of Democrats’ giant […]

CCSD lack of transparency leaves lingering questions about COVID-19 sentiment

BY: - September 9, 2021

Almost twice as many Clark County School District teachers utilized sick leave Tuesday than on the same day in 2019, but whether that jump can be attributed to an advertised “call out” in protest of covid vaccine mandates isn’t clear. And how many total district employees were out Tuesday is unknown. It’s the most recent […]

School Board greenlights road to CCSD employee vaccine mandate

BY: - September 2, 2021

The Clark County School Board took a step toward mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for its approximately 42,000 employees. But don’t ask for the details. The resolution approved by the trustees 5-1 at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday after a nearly eight-hour emergency meeting gives Clark County School District and Superintendent Jesus Jara the greenlight to draft a […]

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Nevada higher ed students must be vaxed by Nov. 1 to enroll for spring

BY: - August 20, 2021

Students attending a university, community college, or state college in Nevada will need to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by November 1 to enroll for classes in the spring 2022 semester, under an emergency regulation approved by the Nevada Board of Health in a unanimous vote Friday. But the board rejected requests from faculty to […]

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Officials schedule emergency meeting on Covid vaccine mandate for college students

BY: - August 16, 2021

After calls from Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) faculty and staff last week to mandate Covid-19 vaccinations for college students “as soon as possible,” health officials have scheduled an emergency meeting to consider the decision this Friday. The Nevada Board of Health will hold an emergency meeting Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. to consider […]


How mean girls work, or why the CCSD Trustees are the most sexist group I’ve ever seen

BY: - August 16, 2021

Last week I wrote about speech in public meetings. Today I want to talk about something courts have pretty much avoided, which is the ways in which people use speech. Not what is said, but how we say it. A few years ago, I happened upon the movie “Seeing Allred” on Netflix. There was a […]


The First Amendment and public meetings: It’s complicated.

BY: - August 12, 2021

On June 24, the CCSD Board of Trustees meeting was delayed several times by disruptive behavior, heckling and verbal threats, which created, for many people, an atmosphere of hostility.  At the next Trustee meeting, on July 8, Trustee Lola Brooks laid the blame for the prior meeting’s disruption at the feet of board president Linda […]

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NSHE faculty urge health officials to require Covid shot by start of fall semester

BY: - August 11, 2021

Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) faculty and staff Tuesday urged state health officials to mandate a Covid-19 vaccine requirement for college students “as soon as possible,” calling further delay a “failure.” But the state Board of Health declined to take any action to expedite consideration of a vaccine mandate at its emergency meeting Tuesday, […]

Biden extends freeze on student loan payments to Jan. 31

BY: - August 6, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration announced Friday afternoon that it is extending the pause on federal student loan repayments until January of next year, as the delta variant of the coronavirus surges across the country.   “As our nation’s economy continues to recover from a deep hole, this final extension will give students and borrowers the time they […]