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Lawmakers delay start of new teacher evaluations

A panel of lawmakers on Thursday agreed to delay for one year a new statewide performance evaluation system for public school teachers and administrators. The new evaluation system was proposed to begin in the 2014-15 school year, but the Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee was told it is not ready to be implemented.

Former teacher’s aide admits to mistreatment of special needs students

A former Clark County teacher’s aide accused of aggressively handling two special needs students in the classroom is expected to plead guilty to child neglect charges, a prosecutor said. Lachelle James, who was arrested in March 2012 on five counts of child abuse and one count of battery, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Monday, according to court records.

Student from The Meadows first to earn five gold medals on National Latin Exam

Don’t be surprised to hear Divya Ramakrishnan unconsciously pepper her conversation with terms such as “cum grano salis” (with a grain of salt) and “suum cuique” (to each his own). The 18-year-old has perhaps earned the right to dispense such phrases so easily as the first student in Nevada history to earn five gold medals on the National Latin Exam.

Beacon principal praises graduates for overcoming odds

A charter school fighting to overcome a troubled history will award diplomas to 90 seniors on Saturday. Beacon Academy of Nevada, an online charter school established in 2008 to serve students who have struggled or failed in conventional schools, was threatened with closure earlier this year. The State Public Charter School Authority Board cited low graduation rates and poor performance.