Education

COMMENTARY

Firing Jara was Cepeda’s idea, say two trustees

BY: - January 21, 2022

On October 6, 2021, the Board of Trustees for the Clark County School District were told after their work session that they needed to go into a closed meeting. None of them were aware of what the closed meeting was about and, by all accounts, were pretty shell-shocked when chief negotiator Fikisha Miller walked in […]

COMMENTARY

This way madness lies

BY: - January 13, 2022

I spent last weekend reading King Lear. And Facebook. One is about a world that is degenerating into madness in the face of a great storm, where nothing is what it seems and nihilism and betrayal are everywhere. The other is one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. It started Friday, when two pieces of news collided. […]

Taking a coronavirus ‘pause,’ CCSD cancels classes Friday and Tuesday

BY: - January 11, 2022

The Clark County School District Tuesday announced that there will be no school on Friday, Jan. 14 and Tuesday, Jan. 18 “due to the extreme staffing shortages based on the high number of positive COVID-19 cases.” The cancelled school days combined with the Martin Luther King Day holiday Monday creates a five-day “pause” which “will […]

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State Infrastructure Bank plans to fund what legislators wouldn’t: Charter school buildings

BY: - January 7, 2022

The Nevada State Infrastructure Bank Board on Wednesday proposed a spending plan for its $75 million seeded by lawmakers, and among the ideas is the creation of a fund to help charter schools build their facilities. The proposal would set aside $40 million to allow matching funds for federal infrastructure grants, $20 million for an […]

Nevada charter schools continue to grow faster than traditional districts

BY: - January 5, 2022

Nevada’s charter schools continue to grow at a faster rate than its traditional school districts, though the rate has slowed from previous years, the latest enrollment state data show.  According to the Nevada Department of Education’s official 2021 enrollment count, 55,415 students are now attending K-12 schools overseen by the State Public Charter School […]

Explaining Nevada’s new kindergarten enrollment policy (and who is exempt)

BY: - December 31, 2021

Beginning with the upcoming 2022-23 academic year, children in Nevada will have to be 5 years old by the first day of school in order to enroll in kindergarten. But some parents of August- and September-born children will have leeway, according to guidance from the Nevada Department of Education. Lawmakers during the 2021 legislative session […]

Biden extends student loan repayment pause three more months

BY: - December 22, 2021

Note: On Wednesday the White House announced that the pause on federal student loan repayments has been extended for an additional 90 days, through May 1, 2022. WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student […]

Sisolak chose Burkhead as Lt. Gov. to turn around schools 

BY: - December 16, 2021

In 2002 Lisa Cano Burkhead ran for Nevada Assembly as a Democrat.  “Then life went in a different direction,” she said Thursday morning, minutes after being named by Gov. Steve Sisolak as Nevada’s lieutenant governor.  Now, life is going in another direction as the political neophyte and public school educator is literally within a heartbeat […]

COMMENTARY

Chaos is the point

BY: - December 8, 2021

It’s deja vu all over again at the Clark County School district, where Supt. Jesus Jara is still in charge (or maybe was never not in charge) after a protracted negotiation with CCSD Trustees. Presumably, the negotiation included, “I can do anything I want and no one can stop me,” because that is the gauntlet […]

Nevada Supreme Court hears arguments in K-12 funding ‘adequacy’ suit

BY: - December 7, 2021

The Nevada Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in an ‘educational adequacy’ lawsuit that seeks to have the state’s beleaguered K-12 public education system ruled unconstitutional. If allowed to proceed, the lawsuit would draw attention to the state’s historically low levels of per-pupil funding and, as has happened in similar lawsuits filed in other states, […]

After student’s death, UNLV, fraternities silent on responsibility for off-campus events

BY: - December 2, 2021

University of Nevada Las Vegas officials are remaining silent about the school’s role and potential liability in off-campus student activities, such as the fraternity-produced charity boxing match on Nov. 19 at the Sahara Events Center that ended with the collapse and eventual death of a student fighting in the main event. The Nevada Athletic Commission […]

Charter schools turning to weighted lotteries to attract low-income students

BY: - December 1, 2021

Often criticized for a lack of racial and socioeconomic diversity, Nevada charter schools are starting to embrace weighted lotteries as a way to increase enrollment of under-resourced students. Coral Academy, which operates seven schools across Southern Nevada, announced this week they are accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year, and that low-income students will have […]