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For families with multiple children, sluggish internet amplifies remote learning frustrations

November 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
If there is one thing Kennet Guerra has learned this year, it’s patience. The tenth-grader who attends Valley High School has been battling chronic internet problems amid remote learning. Freezing screens. Long upload times. Sudden program shutdowns.

CCEA-backed tax proposals submitted with almost double the number of required signatures to qualify

Rally signs saying "Fund Our Schools"
November 17th, 2020 - 2:19pm
Two ballot initiatives backed by the Clark County Education Association that would raise the state’s sales and gaming tax rates have garnered enough signatures to move forward to the 2021 Legislature, setting up a potentially politically fraught fight over taxes next year.

Jara: Remote learning, staff telecommuting to remain through the end of first semester

November 16th, 2020 - 5:55pm
Staff telecommuting and remote learning will continue the rest of this semester in the Clark County School District, per a message Monday evening from Superintendent Jesus Jara.

Board of Regents OKs plans for furloughs, new budget targets ahead of more expected cuts

November 13th, 2020 - 6:13pm
The Board of Regents voted unanimously Friday to approve plans for employee furloughs in line with an emergency measure passed during a special legislative session this summer, Assembly Bill 3, that outlined a number of cost-cutting measures meant to patch a $1.2 billion budget hole through the rest of the fiscal year.

As pandemic surges, Clark County School Board tables decision on resuming in-person learning

November 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
Acknowledging rising COVID-19 cases statewide and locally, the Clark County School Board on Thursday night postponed a vote on the 205-page plan. The delayed decision capped off a contentious few days as educators, parents and employee unions reacted to the prospect of moving the district’s roughly 310,000 students to a hybrid model in early January.

Amid coronavirus restrictions, some Nevada college students see diminishing returns on tuition and fees

November 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
Two months into the fall semester, many students say they’re still frustrated by a higher education experience that has consistently delivered less amid COVID-19 restrictions, even while charging as much or, in some cases, more.

Clark County School District's plan calls for gradual return of educators and students starting in December

Front view of the building front of the Clark County School District administrative building
November 9th, 2020 - 8:23pm
Under the Clark County School District’s proposed transition plan to in-person learning, educators would report back to schools in December, but students wouldn’t shift to the classroom until early January.

As remote learning continues, so do efforts to find inactive students and bridge the digital divide

November 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
When Yunuen Rojas and Jake Lewis pulled up to the one-story home in the shadows of Interstate 15, they encountered a chain-link fence blocking the driveway. It was another barrier on their quest to make contact with Clark County School District students who have been missing in action.

Education Race Roundup: Brooks re-elected in Clark County trustee race; Church leading in Washoe County trustee race

The back end of a Clark County School bus
November 4th, 2020 - 8:19am
Three new members appear poised to join the Clark County School Board of Trustees, and an incumbent will likely be returning for a second term.

As UNLV Medical School breaks ground on new building, talks to replace millions in lost state funding continue

October 29th, 2020 - 10:00am
Four months ahead of schedule, work began Thursday morning on a sprawling medical facility that, by 2022, will house UNLV’s burgeoning medical school. But that work comes in the absence of $25 million in state-appropriated money that was pulled this summer amid faltering state revenues and a $1.2 billion budget shortfall triggered by coronavirus lockdowns.

Education funding lawsuit headed for Nevada Supreme Court after initial dismissal

Attorney Bradley Schrager speaks with media
October 27th, 2020 - 12:23pm
A lawsuit filed earlier this year that challenges Nevada's K-12 education funding was dismissed by a Carson City District Court Judge. The plaintiffs plan to appeal.

A rural district's solution for reopening schools? Six-week courses for older students

October 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
Gone are days of back-to-back classes from early morning through mid-afternoon. Now, Churchill County students in secondary grades take two courses at a time in six-week increments.

Clark County students' math skills likely suffered the most during the pandemic

A student working on classwork at Pat Diskin Elementary School
October 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
A test taken by Clark County School District students in kindergarten through 10th grade shows their math skills may have regressed more than their reading abilities during the pandemic.

In push to oust regents from Constitution, pro-Question 1 PAC banks more than $470,000 in third-quarter fundraising

October 19th, 2020 - 2:20pm
Nevadans for a Higher Quality Education, a pro-Question 1 super PAC with ties to the business community, reported raising $470,500 in the third quarter, setting the stage for a final campaign push to pass a ballot measure that would remove the Board of Regents from the state Constitution.

Election Preview: WCSD Board of Trustees candidates enter the final stretch of their campaigns amid a tumultuous start of the school year

The Washoe County School District's logo as seen on an office building
October 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
The remaining hopefuls for a seat on the Board of Trustees have been busy keeping up with day-to-day life in the throes of the pandemic while campaigning for their last shot for a seat on the board this term.

Amid COVID surge on campus, UNR to go fully remote after Thanksgiving break, cancel spring break

October 9th, 2020 - 10:31am
In a letter to students, faculty and other university personnel Friday, UNR President Brian Sandoval announced the university would move to fully virtual instruction following the upcoming fall break, a move that comes as the university has averaged nearly a hundred new COVID-19 cases per week and as the flu season rapidly approaches.

Casino, business groups seeking to block sales, gaming tax initiatives file to intervene in abortion ballot question lawsuit

October 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
The NRA and BizPAC filed the joint motion to intervene in federal court on Tuesday, a request to take part in the lawsuit filed by pro-life group “Protect Our Girls PAC” last month seeking an extension on signature-gathering deadlines for a proposed ballot question that would require parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor.

UNR to close on-campus gym, resume football without fans amid hundreds of reported COVID-19 cases

October 6th, 2020 - 2:59pm
Just one day into the job, newly minted UNR President Brian Sandoval announced Tuesday that the university would close its on-campus gym by the end of the week and that the Wolf Pack would begin its upcoming football season without fans — moves that come in the wake of nearly 500 coronavirus cases since the start of the fall semester last month.

Election Preview: Two spots are still up for grabs on the state Board of Education

September 30th, 2020 - 2:00am
Two candidates won their seats on the state’s education board outright in June, but narrow primary battles mean four others are still fighting for two spots, including one incumbent who is concerned that parent frustrations about distance learning may hurt his chances of retaining a seat he has held since 2013.

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