The Clark County School District is testing a new iPad pilot program at four schools in an effort to improve math proficiency scores. About 1,150 students were given iPads instead of textbooks, preloaded with Fuse Algebra textbooks and software. Each iPad costs $687, including software, for a total of about $790,000.
For the first time ever, more than 55 percent of Clark County public school students qualified for free or reduced price lunches in 2010-11, meaning their parents’ income was low enough to qualify for the federal program.
Nevada’s bid to free public schools from the tightening grasp of No Child Left Behind, which demands an increasing number of students test as proficient each year, has been delayed.
Students paid Nevada’s colleges and universities more than $220 million in tuition and fees last year, but higher education officials say it’s not enough.
Secret meetings in Chinatown. Shredded documents. Improper transfers of millions of dollars. The details belong in a John Grisham thriller, but they aren’t fiction.
Crowding at 70 elementary schools should trigger a switch from nine-month to year-round schedules in 2012-13 under the Clark County School District’s rules. But the School Board decided Wednesday to follow Superintendent Dwight Jones’ recommendation to ignore the trigger for another year. The district converted its 75 year-round schools to nine-month calendars in 2011-12 to save $21 million annually.
The Teach For America program offers recent graduates of all degrees a chance to become educators, placing them at schools in at-risk communities. TFA is a national nonprofit organization that recruits college students for two-year teaching commitments.