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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

Are Nevada’s struggling charter schools being held accountable?

The Clark County School District and the state board that oversees charter schools have taken few measures to improve academic performance at struggling charters. Are they being held to a different standard that traditional public schools?

Clark County schools strive to balance school safety, punitive reforms

As they deal with a spate of students bringing guns to school and a fatal on-campus shooting, district officials also are trying new approaches to discipline to steer problematic students away from prison.

Clark County schools begin to fight issue of homeless students

The Clark County School District last year identified 15,019 homeless youth among its students. The number includes children living with friends, in a hotel or motel or in a shelter.

Clark County special ed teachers see workload grow after budget cuts

The teachers, who already put in long days and take work home, will see their caseloads grow from a maximum of 22 students to 24. That will require more paperwork that will take them away from the classroom, they say.

New hopes, old grudges collide as Clark County schools begin

Longstanding animosities hang over the Clark County School District, but there are also signs of a new sense of hope as a new superintendent seeks to harness energy, support and excitement “for CCSD and for the children.”

New Clark County schools superintendent shuffles before he deals

New Superintendent Jesus Jara pledged to comb through the organization to spot inefficiencies — but then he brought in two new higher-ups. Does the district need to reorganize or simply cut the fat?

Black students left behind in effort to narrow CCSD achievement gap

Despite efforts to narrow the gap between its highest- and lowest-performing students, proficiency and graduation rates for blacks still lag behind the highest-achieving subgroup. One community leader says that’s because the district lacks a strategy.