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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 […]

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CCSD to continue providing free meals for students through 2025

BY: - October 12, 2021

Clark County School District on Thursday announced it will continue providing free meals to all of its students through the 2024-25 school year. CCSD is already offering free breakfast and lunch to all students this current school year, thanks to federal nutrition programs that were temporarily expanded by pandemic relief legislation. Thursday’s announcement essentially means […]

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FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]

How Biden’s social spending bill would provide free preschool

BY: - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — If Pres. Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion social spending package survives ongoing negotiations in Congress, key provisions of the plan would provide low-cost care for children from birth to kindergarten—investments that would benefit single parents and low-income families. Under the full $3.5 trillion plan originally envisioned by the White House, Congress would allocate $450 […]

Nevada partners with nonprofit to dole out $8 million for school supplies, projects

BY: - October 1, 2021

The Nevada Department of Education this week announced it is partnering with a national crowdfunding website to distribute $8 million in COVID-19 relief funds to teachers for school supplies and classroom projects. It’s being called the first partnership of this type in the country. It’s also likely needed more than ever by educators who over […]

Sisolak discusses how ARP money can – and can’t – be spent

BY: - September 30, 2021

Could Nevada use the $6.7 billion provided by the American Rescue Plan Act to raise wages for certain workers? No.  But could the state use money to provide one-time bonuses for essential workers, such as grocery store employees, who provided needed services during the pandemic? Possibly.  Officials are quite a ways off from deciding how […]

Congressional panel hears from educators about how to safely reopen schools

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara on Wednesday described how schools have coped with the pandemic and returned to in-person learning, as members of Congress examined best practices for safe reopening. Jara told a virtual panel of the House Education and Labor Committee that the funds the school district received from the […]

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 […]