On Monday, Senate Education Committee chair Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, released a new education funding formula. For years, many Democrat politicians have criticized the current education funding formula, called the Nevada Plan. They claim it’s old and outdated. Their biggest beef is that it doesn’t allocate more money for students who are English Language Learners or live in poverty. The theory is that it’s harder to educate those students and so they need additional services, which costs additional money.
For months, the union has been laying the groundwork for a strike and on Tuesday, the union
emailed teachers seeking authorization a strike. Eventually.
“Starting next week, we’ll be holding an online strike vote. CCEA members will decide whether
to authorize a strike at the beginning of the next school year,” CCEA president Vikki Courtney
State legislators will be setting Nevada’s two-year budget over the next four weeks. Proclaiming
there could be a strike in four months won’t create any sense of urgency.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Las Vegas Catherine Thompson discusses the safety of her students after a threat from a former St. Viator Parish School employee on Monday.
Trustee Danielle Ford used the term “colored students” rather than “students of color” during a heated meeting Thursday night. Trustee Linda Cavazos leaned across the dais to correct her as a few people in the crowd grew angry and eventually stormed out. (Clark County School District)
The Clark County School Board hears from the public about racial tensions at Arbor View High School on Thursday, April 11, 2019. (Amelia Park-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Joshua and Britten Wahrer, parents of a special education student, are battling the Clark County School District for the right to equip their son with a monitoring device. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Across the country, restorative justice is lowering test scores and increasing the number of students who feel unsafe at schools. That’s according to Max Eden, a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute, who recently released a study discipline reform.
We spoke with three high school students who graduated from CCSD and went on to an Ivy League college. They share their stories and advice the would give to future students.
Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara delivers his State of the Schools address on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CCSD announced in May that it would hire attorney Robert Freeman to conduct an independent investigation into the hiring of Jason Wright. Wright is the husband of school board president Deanna Wright. He stands accused of physically assaulting children and the district has admitted that former superintendent personally intervened to help him get a job. Six months later, you’re paying Freeman’s bills but can’t see his findings.
The achievement district faced strong opposition from traditional schools back in its beginnings in 2016. But with schools like Nevada Rise and Nevada Prep, it’s slowly and steadily growing. Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal
The top priority for Nevada education is overhauling the Nevada Plan. There isn’t going to be a tax hike to fully implement weighted funding, and Read by 3 needs to be modified. That’s all according to Sen. Mo Denis, who will chair the Senate Education Committee. Denis also said he doesn’t now support extending $20 million in tax credits for the Opportunity Scholarship program.
Tony Stark, one of 23 attendance officers with the Clark County School District, have a tall order tracking down students who aren’t in school.
Clark County School District middle and high school students will be subject to random searches for weapons under a new initiative to combat the wave of guns found on campus. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Last week, the Clark County School District gleefully trumpeted a “historic agreement” with the Clark County Education Association.
Clark County School Board President Deanna Wright says she followed proper expense protocol in trip to Florida last year.
The transgender regulations proposed by the Clark County School District violate the privacy rights of students. If passed, those regulations will allow teachers to use curriculum that exposes even young students to transgender concepts. School districts also don’t have the right to compel speech. That’s according to Karen England, executive director of Nevada Family Alliance.
Nevada’s education establishment hopes you’re bad at history. Otherwise, you’ll identify what’s missing in its push for more funding.
Nevada is a right-to-work state so teachers don’t have to join the Clark County Education Association. If they do join, however, they can only leave by submitting written notice to the union between July 1 and 15. Support staffers and education employees throughout Nevada have the same opt-out window.
Las Vegas Morning Update – Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Why would Kim Wooden, deputy superintendent of the Clark County School District, attend a disciplinary meeting for second-year teacher Jason Wright? For most teachers, she wouldn’t, but Wright is no ordinary teacher. He’s married to Deanna Wright, president of the school board. District leadership has given him special treatment since before he even became a teacher.
State government has created the collective bargaining laws that have put the district on the brink of financial insolvency. Here are three ways to fix that.
Ryan was one of six students Wednesday supposedly upset about budget cuts. Be real. Adults — be they parents, teachers or union officials — turned these kids into human shields and media props.
Eva White, Clark County School District superintendent candidate
Jesus Jara, Clark County School District superintendent candidate.
Shonda Huery Hardman, Clark County School District superintendent candidate.
Mike Barton, CCSD superintendent candidate
Don Haddad, Clark County School District superintendent candidate.
Jesse Welsh, Clark County School District superintendent candidate.
It’s starts with money. CCSD has a lot. It has a $2.4 billion general fund. The superintendent controls almost none of it. Personnel expenses make up 87 percent of that. The rest goes to things like utilities, gas for school buses and textbooks.