Parents of special education students banded together on Monday to demand more protection for their children, alleging that Clark County School District employees and students have routinely abused special needs students in the district’s care and that the district has buried information about the mistreatment. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
District chief financial officer Jason Goudie estimated that the cost of column advancement over
two years is between $30 million to $45 million. It depends on how many teachers qualify.
How can the district pay for raises the legislature didn’t provide funding for? It can’t,
notwithstanding mumblings about better-than-expected interest earnings.
Teachers and parents of students at Helen Marie Smith Elementary School express opinions on averted teacher strike in the Clark County School District.
CCSD and the CCEA have reached an agreement on teacher pay avoiding a potential strike from teachers all across the Clark County School District.
Jason Goudie, the chief financial officer for the Clark County School District, talks about teacher pay and raises. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CCEA Press Conference – VIDEO
Speakers react after CCSD meeting. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Clark County educators rallied Thursday at a school board meeting, demanding money contractually owed to them. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
The Clark County Teacher’s Union plans on announcing a strike if its demands are not met in contract talks with the Clark County School District. The Clark County Education Association, which has threatened to strike for months, has given the district until Thursday to propose an acceptable contract for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.
It’s the first day back to school for students around Clark County and a select few at Southeast Career Technical Academy were present when the district announced its initiative for a new apprenticeship program. Students from all around CCSD who believe college is not the best decision for them after graduation, can “earn what they learn” in various skilled trades.
Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara gave an update about CCSD’s first day of school on Monday, August 12, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
More than 320,000 students in the Las Vegas area headed back to school on Monday, Aug.12, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
LVMPD and Superintendent Jesus Jara brief the public on back to school safety.
The Clark County School Board will vote Thursday on a $100,000 settlement for the mother of Dalvin Brown, the Canyon Springs High School student who was shot and killed on school grounds at the beginning of last school year. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
The reorganization of the Clark County School District is contributing to the district’s budget pinch. At this point, it’s impossible to predict know how the new education funding formula will work. Also, Nevada charter schools need to serve more high-need students before it’s possible to tell if they’re successful. That’s according to Kenneth Retzl, director of education policy with the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities.
The deans fired by Superintendent Jesus Jara were more likely to be African American or
Hispanic than the administrators who kept their jobs.
Superintendent Jesus Jara should resign or be fired. That’s the belief of Stephen Augspurger, the executive director of the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Profession-technical Employees. Augspurger said Jara has lost the confidence of the district’s principals by not seeking their input on a number of issues, including firing all the deans in the district.
(Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara has outlined proposed 2019-20 school year budget reductions in a video message. (Clark County School District)
The Clark County School District revealed for the first time Tuesday that it is facing a budget deficit of between $17 million and $18 million next year despite winning additional funding in the just concluded legislative session. That means the possibility of a teachers strike in the fall remains on the table.
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.