Recommendations begin to emerge from School Safety Task Force; funding remains question mark

The statewide task force charged with bolstering school safety unveiled initial recommendations Friday, but there’s still one big unknown — the price tag. The 25-member School Safety Task Force settled on a list of bill draft requests, which will be forwarded to Gov. Brian Sandoval by August. Most fell under the umbrella of student well-being and physical infrastructure and, in the process, touched on prevention, crisis and recovery responses.
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Nonprofit sees school-based counseling services as pathway to student success

Some children have witnessed murders, domestic violence or drug deals in their homes. Several have been the victims of sexual assault. Others are hungry and homeless.These are some of the students who have received school-based counseling sessions provided by United Citizens Foundation — a nonprofit hoping to grow and reach more children if funds allow.
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Educators aim to make computer science as mainstream as math and reading

Dozens of educators, including some who teach computer science, gathered at UNLV in June for a summit dedicated to the topic. Inside a ballroom, education officials rattled off a myriad of reasons the state needs to expand its computer-science offerings and encourage more students to take those classes.
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Laxalt's school safety report recommends more funding for law enforcement, 'red flag' policies on guns for mentally ill

In an effort to prevent school shootings, Attorney General Adam Laxalt is recommending increased funding for law enforcement to patrol schools, for systems that would electronically transmit criminal records to a background check repository and for capital improvements to schools such as better fencing, bullet-resistant building materials and key card systems.
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Sisolak issues advice to state lawmakers: Go visit some schools

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak says he has learned so much from visiting schools that he wants state lawmakers to do the same. Sisolak, chairman of the Clark County Commission, spent an hour Friday talking with Las Vegas-area teachers who were training to receive their National Board Certification.
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School district's recent deficit triggered elimination of 563 positions

The Clark County School District released information Tuesday that offers a glimpse into how its budget woes played out at the ground level. In total, 563.5 school-based positions were eliminated for the upcoming academic year, officials said. That figure includes 400 licensed positions, 104 support staff positions and 59.5 administrative positions.
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Clark County School Board races draw many contenders, similar themes in their platforms

Three board seats are up for grabs in the November general election. Only two of those races — in Districts D and F — will appear on the primary ballot, though. That’s because there are only two candidates running in the District G race:  incumbent Linda Cavazos, who was appointed last year when the seat became vacant, and Ryan Scalia.
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Full extent of Clark County School District's budget cuts won't be known for weeks

The Clark County School District recently slashed $68 million from its budget, but how those cuts played out at the school level won’t be known for several weeks. Chief Financial Officer Jason Goudie said the information delay boils down to a technology barrier: The district’s antiquated computing system can’t track the budget cuts made at each school, so staff have to contact principals to collect that information and then analyze it.
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