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Nevada joins federal lawsuit challenging changes to Title IX mandate on campus sexual misconduct

September 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada has joined a coalition of 18 states and territories in a federal lawsuit to block the U.S. Department of Education's new Title IX mandate, which Attorney General Aaron Ford’s office said could weaken protections for survivors of sexual violence and lead to increased underreporting of sexual harassment and violence on college campuses.


Ex-Gov. Sandoval appointed by regents as next UNR president

September 17th, 2020 - 2:45pm
The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents took the unusual step of appointing a former politician to lead UNR on Thursday, unanimously naming ex-Gov. Brian Sandoval as the university’s 17th president and marking a formal end to the months-long search to replace outgoing President Marc Johnson.


Regents chair approved $9,500 for outside lawyer following dispute between regent, chief of staff

September 11th, 2020 - 2:00am
After two public flare ups between Regent Lisa Levine and Board of Regents Chief of Staff Dean Gould this summer, Board Chair Mark Doubrava quietly approved an expenditure of $9,500 for an outside lawyer to provide “legal advice and counsel to the Regents in anticipation of possible litigation,” according to documents obtained through a public records request by The Nevada Independent.

Coronavirus | Education | IndyBlog

UNR President: Students, orgs who break conduct code with off-campus parties could face investigation, sanction

September 3rd, 2020 - 1:55pm
In a letter sent to students, faculty and other staff at UNR Thursday, university President Marc Johnson said “troubling reports” of off-campus behavior — including a number of parties and gatherings with frequently un-masked attendees and little social distancing — could warrant the investigation and sanction of students who break the university’s Student Code of Conduct.

Education | IndyBlog

Health district will not set threshold to close schools as cases climb in Washoe schools, UNR

September 2nd, 2020 - 5:48pm
Such a threshold wouldn't be "prudent," Dick said in a press call on Wednesday, because of the individual situations of each school and the uncertainty of the virus. The Washoe County School District has reported 17 cases across 14 schools as of Wednesday, and the health district plans to use incoming data to evaluate the safety of in-person schooling day by day.

Community | Education

A whole new world of distance education: Clark County parents add school meal pick-up to their daily schedules as children learn online

August 31st, 2020 - 2:00am
A part of the new distance-learning daily schedule for Archer, and many other parents and guardians throughout the district, is meal pick-up — a stand-in for the daily cafeteria lunch ritual of in-person schooling. School meals have been shown to be beneficial for health, with research saying students have fewer nutritional inadequacies and consume more fruit, vegetables, and milk when they eat school breakfast and lunch.

Economy & Business | Education

CSN President Federico Zaragoza on how the school can help reshape Nevada's hard-hit, tourism-centric economy

August 29th, 2020 - 2:00am
Hundreds of thousands of Nevadans are still out of work as the state sustains an unemployment rate of 14 percent, the third highest in the country. Nevada's one-trick economy — with one in every three jobs in the state relying on tourism — is partly to blame, said Zaragoza, who has worked in higher education and workforce development for more than 30 years.

Education | Technology

In rural Nevada, bridging the education 'digital divide' largely means improving internet access

August 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
Even if Angela McVicars and her school-age daughters started the day with functioning internet, a sense of foreboding clouded their remote learning. They knew it was a matter of when, not if, the internet connection would suddenly freeze and require a manual reboot — a process that could take a handful of minutes or close to an hour if a call to their service provider was needed.

Community | Education

Districts work hard to adapt nutrition programs for online learning, but many children still face barriers to access

August 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
Most Nevada students have had broad access to meals through school distribution sites since the pandemic began. But as school resumes, they face tighter ID restrictions, the continued hurdle of getting to the distribution site each day, and — for some — the obligation to start paying for the meals once again.

Education | IndyBlog

Regents OK second one-time money injection to cover additional budget cuts, create new budget cut response committee

August 21st, 2020 - 6:17pm
In the latest push to address the deepest cuts to higher education budgets since the Great Recession, the Board of Regents voted 7-4 Friday to approve a second one-time injection of nearly $80 million in operating funds into institutional budgets, a move that will erase an extra $25 million in cuts made by the Legislature during its first special legislative session this summer.

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