Contract buyouts at colleges, universities surged to $1.1 million last year amid pandemic budget cuts
March 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
The money spent by Nevada colleges and universities on contract buyouts and settlements ballooned to more than $1.1 million last year, up from roughly $713,000 in 2019 or an increase of more than 54 percent, according to a report presented Thursday during the Board of Regents quarterly meeting.
PHOTOS: Face masks and fist bumps herald return of in-person learning for Clark County's youngest students
March 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am
The Clark County School District began its long-awaited transition to in-person learning Monday after nearly a year of distance education that tested the patience of parents, teachers and students alike while also exposing technology inequities along the way.
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Years-long legal battle over Opportunity Scholarship growth freeze continues in the Nevada Supreme Court
March 1st, 2021 - 2:50pm
A scholarship program for students attending private K-12 schools in Nevada is at the center of a tangled legal debate about whether the Legislature’s decision to freeze the program’s growth two years ago ran afoul of a high bar for raising taxes.
Principals say community engagement efforts key as schools transition to in-person learning
Possible cuts still loom large as legislators begin parsing higher education budgets
February 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
Even as hopes remain high that new federal coronavirus relief could buoy state coffers, concerns over expected 12 percent cuts came to the fore Wednesday as members of the joint budget subcommittee on K-12 and higher education met for an initial overview of higher education funding.
Clark County School District unveils in-person learning dates for all grade levels, allows sports to resume
New coalition: Lawmakers must raise revenue for schools or new funding formula won’t work
UNLV renews push to pull up the roots of structural racism
February 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
During this January's state of the university speech, sandwiched between aspirational calls for a “Top Tier 2.0” plan and the development of a new engineering building were frank words about racism and UNLV from university President Keith Whitfield. “There's inherent structural racism at this university.”
Bill seeking appointed school board members resurfaces in Carson City
February 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
For the third legislative session in a row, Sen. Ben Kieckhefer (R-Reno) has sponsored a bill that would substantially rejigger the makeup of the state’s two largest school boards. The proposed legislation, SB111, would replace the governing bodies of the Clark and Washoe county school districts with a hybrid board made up of both elected and appointed trustees.
After years-long process, UNLV Medical School earns full accreditation
February 19th, 2021 - 5:12pm
Following five years of partial accreditation, the UNLV School of Medicine announced Friday that it had been fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which oversees the accreditation process for medical schools in both the U.S. and Canada.
Nevada to open up vaccines to seniors 65 and above at retail pharmacies starting next week
Students' after-school jobs help keep their families afloat financially during the pandemic
Breaking down the push to break up Nevada’s higher education system
February 10th, 2021 - 2:00am
In his State of the State address, Gov. Steve Sisolak promised to explore a process that would separate community colleges from the state higher education system. But several weeks into the legislative session, few answers on how or why have been made clear.
School district survey results show mixed enthusiasm about return to in-person learning
The latest logistical hurdle for large school districts? How to vaccinate thousands of workers
February 1st, 2021 - 2:00am
The Washoe County School District has roughly 8,000 employees, making it the largest employer in Northern Nevada. The Clark County School District, meanwhile, has more than 40,000 employees. Not all employees will opt for a vaccine, but districts have seen strong interest so far.
Clark County School District sets start date for youngest students' return to in-person learning
Pandemic budget woes dim optimism about major funding infusion for K-12 education
January 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
When the pandemic hit, schooling changed, businesses temporarily closed and state revenue cratered. In the process, the school funding discussions adopted a more measured tone. Now, restoring and preserving funding has emerged as the immediate concern.