Education

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 […]

NV senators push for student loan forgiveness for military members

BY: - November 23, 2021

With the end of federal student loan forbearance just under 10 weeks away, a group of U.S. senators led by Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto are urging the Biden administration to implement loan forgiveness for military service members. Cortez Masto’s was the lead signature on a letter by 14 senators to Department of Education Secretary […]

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Evelyn Doublespeak and the Gaslighters

BY: - November 23, 2021

Doublespeak: deliberately euphemistic, ambiguous, or obscure language. Example: I’m sorry you were offended by my motion suggesting you might not be fit to live. It was not my intent to offend you. I am just stating a fact based on the, um, facts that your behavior has demonstrated on certain, perhaps, occasions when there is […]

Legislators begin special session to redraw political maps

BY: - November 13, 2021

The first day of the long awaited special session on redistricting began Friday, setting in motion the approval process for the political maps Nevada will use for its next decade of elections. Gov. Steve Sisolak issued the formal proclamation early Friday and the session officially began that afternoon. The proclamation set the topics that can […]

State board denies City of Las Vegas charter school application, for now

BY: - November 9, 2021

A charter school proposed by the City of Las Vegas was denied approval Friday by the state Charter School Board. The proposed elementary school is expected to revisit its application and reapply in upcoming months. Strong Start Academy, as it will be known, wants to open for the 2022-23 school year. The City of Las […]

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Fired but not gone yet, Jara still roiling CCSD

BY: - November 5, 2021

Recently fired CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara started out his first week as a lame duck by announcing he was giving raises to 16 of his top staffers – including 15 currently employed people and one Chief Information Officer to be named later. Then, the Trustees who are loyal to the ousted superintendent derailed an attempt […]

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Cirque du CCSD

BY: - November 2, 2021

The Clark County School District’s latest environmental performance piece Thursday was one of the best theatrical spectacles I have ever had the pleasure of attending. It was funny. It was infuriating. It had unexpected plot twists. It had suspense. A lot of suspense. It was incredibly interactive. And, ultimately, it came to a resolution. A […]

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Will Jara’s dictatorial tendencies come back to bite him?

BY: - October 28, 2021

“Don’t use my name.” “I never spoke to you.” “Somebody’s got to expose what’s happening here, Carrie.” “It’s a culture of retaliation.” “They give us responsibility, then set out to undermine us so we will fail.” These are actual quotes – chosen from a bevy I’ve collected over the last couple of years – that […]

Garland stands by FBI investigation of threats against school board members

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland for more than four hours on Wednesday about a Justice Department investigation into threats made to local school board members in multiple states. Garland at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing declined to revoke a memo he wrote asking the FBI to meet with local law enforcement to […]

National school boards group apologizes for requesting probe of threats against local officials

BY: and - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised […]

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Well, THAT’s specious

BY: - October 14, 2021

Regular readers of my columns will not be surprised to learn that I have favorite words. “Hyperbole” is one. I love the way it rolls off the tongue, though I don’t love when people exemplify it. “Onomatopoeia” is another. I mean, seriously, what a fun word to say. And I love the idea that there […]