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Aleksandra Appleton

Aleksandra Appleton

Aleksandra Appleton’s On Education column appears in print every other Saturday.
aappleton@reviewjournal.com … @aleksappleton on Twitter. 702-383-0218

Clark County School Board shows trouble with transparency

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?

Nevada lawmakers take small steps to adequately fund education

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.

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Fiscal responsibility looms large when it comes to CCSD funding

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.

Big education issue absent as Nevada lawmakers work around the edges

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.

Racial threats at Las Vegas high school tap pool of animosity

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.

Memo to CCSD: Background checks only work if you pay attention

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.”

 
Chalk Talk video series to focus on students, parents and teachers

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.

Clark County student’s journey offers lesson in overcoming adversity

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.

Clark County schools seek diversity in pursuit of teachers

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.

Nevada charter authority lands in battle over accountability

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.

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