Education

Proposal to allow city-based school districts gets one step closer to reality

BY: - November 23, 2022

A proposed law that would open the door for breaking up the Clark County School District met a key state deadline Wednesday, with backers saying they submitted more than 220,000 signatures to qualify a statutory initiative for consideration by the state legislature in 2023 or voters in 2024. Community Schools Initiative is proposing changing Nevada […]

Student loan repayment pause extended by White House amid legal battles over relief plan

BY: - November 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Education announced on Tuesday it is extending the pandemic-era pause on federal student loan repayments until June 30 while legal challenges to the administration’s student debt relief program are fought over in the courts. The agency said if the student debt relief program has not been put in place by […]

5 new regents to enter chancellor-less, budget-bruised higher ed system

BY: - November 18, 2022

This year’s elections brought five new regents to Nevada’s higher education ecosystem. When the newly elected are seated, they will have no shortage of issues to address, including finding a permanent chancellor and restoring pandemic budget cuts. The 13-member nonpartisan board oversees the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), which consists of four community colleges, […]

Oink amirite?

State commission touts taxing services, lifting property tax caps to fund schools

BY: - November 15, 2022

A report mandated by the Nevada Legislature recommends the state increase per pupil funding beyond the national average at an additional cost of $3.2 billion over the next decade, and pay for it by taxing discretionary services and tweaking the property tax formula. Nevada spent $9,548 per pupil in fiscal year 2020, below the national […]

Six GOP-led states win national injunction against Biden student debt relief plan

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Monday issued a nationwide injunction indefinitely blocking the Biden administration’s student debt relief program in response to a challenge by six GOP-led states. The unanimous ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis came after the six states — Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina […]

U.S. Supreme Court justices cast doubt on affirmative action in college admissions

BY: - October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday questioned the legality of race-conscious policies in college admissions, as the justices weighed two cases that could upend the admissions process many colleges use to try to boost diversity on campus. At issue are two cases that challenge the lawfulness of affirmative action at Harvard University, the […]

On the hook

Biden student debt forgiveness plan on temporary hold after appeals court ruling

BY: and - October 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from carrying out its student loan forgiveness plan, until the court makes a determination on a request for an injunction brought by six Republican-led states, according to multiple media reports. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is giving the Biden administration […]

Lieutenant governor proposes adding appointed members to school boards

BY: - October 20, 2022

Lieutenant Governor Lisa Cano Burkhead announced Thursday she intends to introduce a bill that would add appointed members to all of Nevada’s local school boards. In her proposal, county commissions would appoint the presidents of all school boards statewide. That appointed president “would set the agenda and govern the trustees of the school board,” according […]

COMMENTARY

Leftist teachers union? As if.

BY: - October 13, 2022

“Radical socialist leftist teachers unions” is a thing Republicans and the right like to say.  Alas, if only t’were true. The Clark County Education Association, the largest teachers union in the state, is just cold refusing to endorse anyone for governor, evidently because Democrat Steve Sisolak didn’t do exactly what he was told. Fortunately for […]

Former rural superintendent challenges incumbent in School Board District G

BY: - October 12, 2022

In Clark County School Board District G, incumbent Linda Cavazos seeks her second full term. Challenging her is Greg Wieman, a longtime educator and former rural superintendent. In a crowded seven-person primary, Cavazos received 37.3% of votes — the best showing of the three School Board incumbents up for reelection this year but still well […]

Opinion of Jara key difference between trustee and the former state legislator challenging her

BY: - October 11, 2022

If anyone thought Clark County School Board Trustee Danielle Ford would back down from public criticism of Superintendent Jesus Jara now that his contract has been extended until 2026, they would be wrong. The outspoken trustee, who represents the southwest part of the Las Vegas Valley, doesn’t hesitate when offering her opinion that the contract […]

School Board president faces challenge from community organizer in District D

BY: - October 11, 2022

The Clark County School Board trustee once seen as the swing vote between two deeply divided factions faces her first reelection attempt this November. Incumbent Irene Cepeda is being challenged by Brenda Zamora, a mother of three with a background in community organizing and civic engagement. Cepeda is probably best known as the trustee who […]