Education

Lawmakers scrambling to pass mining tax deal on session’s last day

BY: - May 31, 2021

A parade of strange political bedfellows in support. One lone native tribe in opposition. And a notable lack of questions from lawmakers. The optics during the first — and quite likely the only — public hearing on a long-awaited mining tax compromise deal alluded to just how orchestrated efforts have been behind the scenes in […]

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With constitutional amendments scuttled, mining agrees to tax deal

BY: - May 30, 2021

A long-awaited compromise deal to raise taxes on the mining industry was introduced into the Nevada State Legislature late Saturday, leaving just 48 hours for it to get across the finish line before the session ends. The bill’s potential passage will likely determine the fate of five potential ballot questions and would bring millions to […]

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Student loan measure aims to tame ‘wild west of consumer finance’

BY: - May 28, 2021

Update: Assembly Bill 382 failed to pass on the Assembly floor. It needed a two-thirds majority, but fell one vote short. All the Assembly Democrats voted for it, but only one Republican, Jill Tolles of Reno, voted for it, and it would have taken all Democrats plus two Republicans to reach two-thirds. The Nevada Legislature […]

Praise for K12 budget matched only by confusion over what it does

BY: - May 28, 2021

Education advocates suspect another bait-and-switch. The K-12 education budget bill, Senate Bill 458 passed unanimously in both chambers of the Nevada State Legislature on Wednesday and is now headed to Gov. Steve Sisolak for signing. It has been cheered as “historic” by legislators, but questions linger among education advocates who say the available data from […]

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Charter schools will be required to report amounts paid to private management firms

BY: - May 24, 2021

The national private companies that receive millions of dollars in public money to set up and manage charter schools in Nevada have received relatively little scrutiny from state lawmakers or the general public. But starting next year, charter schools will have to report the amount they pay to these education management organizations. Senate Bill 363, […]

Did half a billion over two years settle the education budget? Not exactly.

BY: - May 20, 2021

Education advocates applauded lawmakers for approving $502 million over two years in funding for the long-awaited new K-12 funding formula, but the head of the state’s largest teachers union says the fight over revenue is far from over. “What you saw today is part of it,” said Clark County Education Association Executive Director John Vellardita […]

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A CCSD Passion Play, Act 2: Waiting for God… Oh?

BY: - May 20, 2021

Yesterday I wrote about the latest environmental performance piece produced by the Clark County School District Board of Trustees – otherwise known as their bi-weekly meeting. Today we’re going to talk about the through-line of the piece, the central idea of the performance – whether to prop up The Man.  Let’s go over the characters […]

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A CCSD passion play, act 1: ‘Tis Mad Idolatry

BY: - May 19, 2021

I love environmental theatre.  Maria Irene Fornes’ enigmatic avant garde piece, “Fefu and Her Friends,” has been a fave since college days. The show takes place in four rooms of a home in which the audience walks through, spending 10 minutes with each story. It has a cast of eight women, and was regarded as […]

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How taxing mines could help fight systemic racism in schools

BY: - May 17, 2021

I’ve spent my last few years of high school advocating to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, remove police presence in our schools, and provide a better support system in schools for all of my classmates. But our calls for more counselors and less police have been met with questions of budgets, Assembly Joint Resolution 1(AJR1**) is […]

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Charter school teacher license bill advances, but nobody seems happy with it

BY: - May 13, 2021

A watered-down bill aimed at reducing the number of unlicensed teachers employed by Nevada charter schools passed another legislative step Wednesday, but even the lawmakers in support of the bill seem unenthused. Assembly Bill 109 passed the Senate Education Committee on a party line vote. The bill originally would have required charter schools to only […]

At one Nevada charter school, more than 40% of teachers are substitutes

BY: - May 10, 2021

Elementary school students at Mater Academy’s Bonanza campus have a 50-50 chance of having a teacher who is properly licensed as an educator. For first graders, there is no chance. That’s because none of the four first grade teachers employed by the school are fully licensed by the state to teach. All four are licensed […]

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CCSD: If you can’t beat ‘em, bribe ‘em

BY: - April 29, 2021

Supt. Jesus Jara has tried since he arrived in 2018 to undermine both the school reorganization law (AB469) and the administrators who have been defending it. Regular readers know he tried an end run around principals last summer, attempting to con the Legislature into centralizing control over carryover funds, which are now controlled by individual […]