Education

COMMENTARY

State Board of Ed threatens CCSD with receivership: What might that mean?

BY: - March 22, 2022

On March 14 the AB469 subcommittee for the Nevada State Board of Education met to discuss the authority the state has to put the Clark County School District into receivership for not implementing the reorganization law, which was passed in 2017. There’s been a lot of speculation on what this means. The district, of course, […]

What role does transportation play in charter school inequity? A lot, argues one charter

BY: - March 21, 2022

When David Blodgett and other founders of Nevada Prep began recruiting prospective students to their charter school, they didn’t know where exactly their physical building would be, but they made parents a promise: We will get your kids there. The charter school, which enrolls students in kindergarten through eighth grade, decided early on that it […]

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Private school vouchers provide students a better chance to excel? Prove it

BY: - March 17, 2022

Bit by bit, inch by inch, year by year, Republicans in the Georgia General Assembly and in legislatures across the country have been moving toward passage of full-fledged school-voucher systems that would inevitably undermine public education. This year, at least for the moment, and at least in Georgia, that incremental advance has been stalled. Perhaps […]

COMMENTARY

Who ya gonna call? Gate Busters!

BY: - March 15, 2022

The ghost of Emily Litella inhabited the CCSD boardroom last Thursday during a meeting whose main agenda was supposed to be about how to address escalating school violence. Instead, most commenters pointed to an item Supt. Jesus Jara and his team seemingly snuck into the consent agenda that would, on the surface, fund police officers […]

With voucher debate on horizon, a look at private schools in Southern Nevada

BY: - March 8, 2022

The debate on educational voucher programs is poised for a comeback in Nevada this year, following the filing of two proposed ballot measures that would establish one by 2025. Those efforts are already facing legal challenges from the same opponents that successfully fought a similar voucher program passed by a Republican-controlled legislature in 2015. But […]

COMMENTARY

Party like it’s 1994

BY: - March 2, 2022

Supt. Jesus Jara demonstrated my favorite word again at the CCSD Trustees meeting last week when he tried to argue that it wasn’t his fault so many teachers are leaving the district. At the beginning of the discussion about his performance evaluation, he noted, “the last time the Clark County School District opened fully staffed […]

On the hook

NV borrowers still not prepared to restart student loan payments, survey says

BY: - February 28, 2022

As the two-year pause for federal loan payments is set to end in May, one in three borrowers say they reduced spending on necessities like food, rent, and healthcare in preparation for payments to restart, according to a national survey of student loan borrowers.  Despite extensive efforts to save, the national survey of more than […]

State launches resource center for beleaguered child care industry

BY: - February 23, 2022

For Anitra Lott, it started with her grandson. Someone needed to watch him during the day, so she stepped up, as family often does. But then friends of the family began approaching her and saying they were having trouble finding child care. They asked if she could help them out too. Lott saw the potential […]

Academica

Most Nevada charter school students administered by one Florida company

BY: - February 18, 2022

More than half of Nevada’s approximately 55,000 charter school students are enrolled at schools contracted with the same private education management company, state data indicates. Lawmakers on the interim legislative committee on education received an informational presentation on Wednesday about “education management organizations,” or EMOs — the private companies that receive millions of dollars in […]

Evictions abound, car repo’s too, and nobody has time for the health care table

BY: - February 11, 2022

It’s the first of the month. The rent is due. Iris Isaacson,19, and Isaiah Isma, 25, already know there won’t be enough money to cover that plus utilities, food and his outstanding title loan, so they’re discussing their strategy. He needs to clock in at his minimum wage job, but does he have time to […]

Rosen, school districts ask for additional mental health resources

BY: - February 10, 2022

A Nevada senator and school district superintendents are pushing Congress to expand mental health resources for K-12 students. Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen of Nevada and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska on Thursday introduced the Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act. The bill would allow the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration […]

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C’mon Nevada, let’s get out there and give up

BY: - February 3, 2022

For all the trials and tribulations that have pummeled public schools, especially the last couple years, the single largest hindrance to educational performance has been the same as it was for decades, and it has nothing to do with what goes on in the classroom, on the home computer screen, or at school board meetings: […]