Education

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Breaking systems, harming families

BY: - September 23, 2022

Last month, I read with awe the incredible Caitlin Dickerson story in The Atlantic. The piece delved into what really happened with Trump’s family separation border policy in 2018. The piece is long and sprawling and presents a lot of details about ICE and the Dept. of Justice, leaders of Homeland Security, folks in the […]

Majority of Nevadans eligible for student loan relief will qualify for $20K, estimates White House

BY: - September 20, 2022

More than two-thirds of Nevadans eligible for student debt relief are Pell Grant recipients, according to estimates released by The White House. President Joe Biden, who had faced calls by Democratic lawmakers and policy groups to address the student debt crisis, announced late August he will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student debt for […]

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Nevada test scores show some recovery from pandemic losses, but still lag

BY: - September 20, 2022

New standardized test results suggest Nevada students are rebounding from learning losses acquired at the onset of the pandemic, but proficiency is still well below pre-pandemic levels. The Nevada Department of Education on Monday released the 2021-22 performance results for the Smarter Balanced assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. These tests are given […]

An ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts, PEN report says

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than 1,600 book titles across 32 states were banned from public schools during the 2021-2022 school year, with the bulk of the ban requests coming from a handful of right-wing groups pushing for censorship of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color, a new report issued Monday said. “What I […]

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The CCSD shell game (which they are really bad at playing)

BY: - September 13, 2022

Step right up, hims and hers and theys and thems, to the greatest game in the world. The object of this game is to follow this kernel of truth, which I am putting under one of these three shells. Note the shell that truth is under, and keep track of it as I move the […]

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Student loan forgiveness proves that if government can’t help Americans, what good is it?

BY: - August 31, 2022

When President Joe Biden announced last week a student loan relief plan, many Americans reacted as though he had encouraged the overthrow of the government or stolen classified documents. Biden announced the U.S. Department of Education will cancel up to $20,000 in debt for Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 for non-Pell Grant recipients. Pell […]

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Nevadans react to Biden’s student loan forgiveness

BY: and - August 25, 2022

Around 330,000 Nevadans are saddled with more than $11 billion in student debt.  After President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for individuals earning less than $125,000 a year, or $250,000 as a household, some who have dealt with […]

Guideline is 1 social worker for every 250 students. NV schools have 1 for every 8,730.

BY: - August 12, 2022

As the first week of school comes to a close with a shortage of nearly 3,000 teachers in the state, Nevada faces another staffing shortage in its education system — mental health professionals.  The state would need 35 times as many school social workers, 3.7 times as many school psychologists and twice as many school […]

Elko will keep high school’s ‘Indian’ mascot

BY: - August 11, 2022

Elko High School will continue using an “Indian” mascot after county officials voted unanimously to keep the name this week. “We’re not making any changes to any mascots at this time,” said Clayton Anderson, the district superintendent, during an Elko County School District Board of Trustees meeting. Last year, Nevada passed a law prohibiting schools […]

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Superintendent Jesus Jara

Jara, board attorney moving closer to settlement on ‘hostile work environment’

BY: - July 25, 2022

The $2.6 million that Supt. Jesus Jara was demanding is off the table, with CCSD Board of Trustees moving to agree to pay attorneys fees and play nice with Jara for the rest of his contract. How long the rest of his contract will run is still up in the air, yet a letter from […]

$10K reporting threshold for athletes’ NIL deals would mean ‘very little reporting’

BY: - July 5, 2022

How much money should a student athlete be able to make off their “name, image, or likeness” before having to report it? That was one of the questions that a legislative interim committee created to study NIL deals has decided to pass on to lawmakers when they next meet in regular session early next year. […]

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Jara still asking for millions as voters decide on his future

BY: - June 23, 2022

The CCSD Board of Trustees is still negotiating with Supt. Jesus Jara about compensation for his alleged “harassment and retaliation” at the hands of Trustees Danielle Ford, Linda Cavazos and Lisa Guzman when they voted to fire him last October. Remarkably, the majority of trustees seem willing to at least hear him out, if not […]