When does the School Board meet in private, and what do they talk about? And what are those “CONFIDENTIAL” items that the board votes on without notifying the public?
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The school board meeting felt like a sinking ship on Thursday. When the budget cuts hit and the ship goes down, who can scramble onto a lifeboat for safety? Who will be left on board?
Rural districts would be frozen at fiscal 2020 funding levels until the amount they receive under the new funding formula matches what they’re currently getting.
The past week in Carson City taught us that you can’t promise the world without the tools to deliver. And so far, Nevada lawmakers don’t have the funds to fix public education.
Washoe and Clark County school districts say that even with the extra money the governor has added to the budget, they’d be running a deficit for next school year if they paid it. Here’s why.
If the Clark County School District gets more money from the Legislature, can it spend responsibly? That’s the age-old question that crops up whenever Nevada talks about funding education.
It’s been nine weeks since the start of the 2019 legislative session and we’ve heard many bright ideas for improving public education. But we haven’t addressed the elephant in the room — money.
Threats against black students at Arbor View High School this week didn’t happen in a vacuum. Racial tensions that have been roiling Clark County School District schools reflect a deep divide in the community at large.
The school district has spent $66,000 for an external investigator to look into Associate Superintendent Edward Goldman and Jason Wright but claims it has no records related to either investigation.
An arrest on rape and battery charges was apparently not enough to prevent Lawrence Anthony Winston from working with kids in the Clark County School District as a “safe school professional.”
We’ll continue to cover the public meetings where education officials set policy and discuss finances, but this series will add new conversations with the people who are impacted by the decisions made in those boardrooms to the mix.
Jayla Scott became an adult at 5 years old, when her mom was arrested. Now nearing graduation, she’s a shining example of how Clark County students can face and overcome their challenges — if they have the ambition and drive.
Hiring teachers in Clark County is hard, but hiring a diverse pool of educators that mirrors the student population in the Las Vegas Valley is even more difficult.
Cash payments. Drinks and airfare. Government contracts. All ingredients of a good scandal. But in the case of Nevada’s State Public Charter School Authority, there’s more behind allegations of misconduct than meets the eye.
Many Clark County teachers question the fairness of the professional growth system, a way to earn raises that the district and teachers’ union rolled out in 2016, saying it unfairly penalizes some educators while rewarding others.