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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

Skorkowsky shook off shackles in announcing his departure

Clark County School District superintendent’s surprise announcement that he will step down at the end of June 2018 included signals that he intends to take some of those he considers trouble-makers with him.

CCSD reorganization arrives, but what’s really changed?

It’s been a tumultuous two years since the Nevada Legislature approved a bill to reorganize the Clark County School District. For now, at least, we can be optimistic that it will lead to true change.

Pursuing school district’s public records a test of patience

Nevada’s public records law calls on state government entities to turn over information that isn’t exempted. With requests involving the Clark County School District, that’s often not how it works.

Sizing up Nevada’s bottom-of-the-barrel reputation on public education

Almost any way you measure it, the state ranks among the worst in the U.S. in terms of delivering a quality education. And underlying problems like poverty and a lack of English proficiency make it hard to move the needle.

CCSD roundtable highlights another district problem: engaging parents

The Clark County School District’s problem with improper sexual relationships between staff and students has been prominent over the past year, so where were the parents when it rolled out its new social media policy?

A crusade against sexual misconduct in schools

Decades after Terri Miller heard that a Pahrump high school teacher was having sex with one of his students, her quest to stamp out the persistent problem continues.

Stakes and stress are high for Nevada students in testing

This week, I put myself in the shoes of roughly 150,000 students across the Clark County School District: I took part of the Smarter Balanced test. And it was an unnerving trip back to eighth grade.

Bill to appoint some CCSD trustees stirs education debate

Elected school boards vs. appointed — it’s a debate that’s about to play out in the Nevada Legislature, where a new bill seeks to change the makeup of boards for Clark and Washoe counties.

Help wanted: Chief financial officer for $2B school district in Clark County

The Clark County School District has a $2 billion budget — and no chief financial officer to manage it. With a reorganization looming, the next head honcho of finances faces a gigantic task overseeing the nation’s fifth-largest district.

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