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.
Amelia Pak-Harvey’s On Education column appears every other Saturday.
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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.
Lawsuits filed against the Clark County School District by employees who say they were retaliated against after airing concerns have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
The percentage of graduating students in both the district and the state has jumped substantially over the past six years, but because the formula for calculating those numbers keeps changing it’s impossible to do a meaningful comparison.
Infighting between the state teachers union and the breakaway Clark County teachers union bleeds over into the election debate.