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Sandoval indicates support for land grant bill with caveats, after vetoing similar measure in 2017; says health care experts should decide on mandated vaccinations

May 11th, 2021 - 2:01pm
Republican former Governor and UNR President Brian Sandoval said Tuesday that he would support a measure that would formalize UNLV and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) as land grant institutions alongside UNR if the latter’s existing land grant programs are “held harmless” by the change.

As universities eye a ‘new normal’ in the fall, the wait continues for many international students

May 10th, 2021 - 2:00am
Unending rules-changes, multiplying paperwork and the continuing specter of COVID-19 has meant that even as colleges and universities prepare for a “new normal” this fall, complete with increased in-person instruction, the number of international students expected to return remains far below pre-pandemic levels.

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Legislative panel approves higher education budget cuts with coming federal aid, additional state funds in limbo

The Legislature on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City.
May 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
Despite revised state tax revenue projections amounting to more than $586 million over the biennium and expected billions in federal coronavirus relief, lawmakers nonetheless moved forward with approving $169 million in cuts to the state’s higher education system on Thursday.

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NSHE announces draft plans to mandate COVID vaccinations for students, pending federal rules change

May 6th, 2021 - 6:26pm
The Nevada System of Higher Education announced late Thursday that it was in the process of drafting a mandate for COVID-19 vaccinations for students returning to college campuses this fall “with some limited exceptions.”

Change in state pre-kindergarten funding method could be on the horizon

May 3rd, 2021 - 9:00am
The subcommittee gave preliminary approval for two things — total funding of $19.8 million in each year of the upcoming biennium for entities participating in the state pre-kindergarten program as well as a methodology change for allocating those funds.

Regents approve DeRionne Pollard as next Nevada State College president

April 29th, 2021 - 4:45pm
The Board of Regents voted Thursday to approve the appointment of DeRionne Pollard as Nevada State College’s eighth president, marking the end of a year-long search to replace outgoing President Bart Patterson.

Will high school graduates head directly to college? Enrollment indicators paint fuzzy picture

April 27th, 2021 - 2:00am
Jordan Serna applied to a variety of colleges before whittling his list to two separated by some 2,500 miles — Cornell University and UNR. Now, as Serna’s senior year winds down at Advanced Technologies Academy, he’s mulling a big decision in an unusual year.

Commission on School Funding eyes property, sales taxes as future revenue generators

April 26th, 2021 - 5:35pm
Boosting Nevada’s per-pupil spending to at least on par with the national average will cost more than $2 billion over a decade and be reliant upon property and sales tax reforms.

Under proposed bill, push to change community college governance will start as a study

Sign in front of the UNLV College of Engineering
April 26th, 2021 - 9:00am
Sponsored by the governor’s office and presented by Sisolak’s policy director, Heather Korbulic, AB450 stops short of implementing any immediate changes. Instead, it would create an interim committee that would study workforce development programs at the state’s community colleges, as well as the role a change in governance structure could have in the way such programs — and the colleges themselves — are funded.

Indy Q+A: UNLV President Keith Whitfield on COVID, budget cuts and the future

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April 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Independent sat down with Whitfield to discuss some of the biggest issues facing UNLV — from the pandemic to land grant status to diversity and racism.

Higher education faculty push to expand collective bargaining rights

unlv campus
April 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
Faculty across the state’s higher education system are pushing for a new law this year that would expand the state’s nascent public collective bargaining infrastructure to include professors and other professional staff — a sharp break from years of control of the bargaining process by the Nevada System of Higher Education itself.

Clark County School District plans for in-person schooling this fall, parents must opt out for distance learning

April 19th, 2021 - 1:48pm
The Clark County School District plans to offer in-person learning five days a week for the 2021-2022 school year, though families can choose a full-time distance learning option if they wish.

'Shock and awe': School districts mull uses for massive federal funding infusion

April 16th, 2021 - 2:00am
Heavy infusions of federal funding — courtesy of three coronavirus relief packages approved by Congress — have flipped the script In Nevada schools and others across the country. Suddenly, school districts’ financial outlooks aren’t so bleak.

Old arguments emerge once more as lawmakers resurrect measure to pull regents from the state Constitution

April 12th, 2021 - 9:30am
Almost as soon as the dust had settled on Question 1, proponents of the change had zeroed in on a likely cause for the failure: the language was too complicated for thousands of voters to understand what they were voting on.

Debate over land grant status has renewed the north-south divide in Nevada higher education

April 11th, 2021 - 2:00am
A proposed bill that would recognize UNLV and DRI as land grant institutions in addition to UNR has renewed old divisions over perceived equity and fairness in higher education funding.

Student protesters push for police-free schools, more funding for mental health support and guidance

April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
Clark County students rallied on Wednesday outside of the district administrative building demanding changes to police presence at schools, ending the use of pepper spray on students and putting more funding toward mental health resources.

Bill proposes a school-based solution to ‘period poverty’

April 8th, 2021 - 10:00am
Proposed legislation spearheaded by Samantha Glover, a student at the Davidson Academy in Reno, aims to change that by making feminine hygiene products available for free in middle and high school bathrooms. AB224, which received its first committee hearing Tuesday, has bipartisan support through five primary sponsors and 18 co-sponsors.

Eliminating barriers for paraprofessionals heralded as another way to address teacher shortage

April 8th, 2021 - 9:00am
SB352 aims to eliminate barriers that prevent paraprofessionals — support staff who often work with students as classroom aides or tutors — from becoming licensed educators. The bill, which is sponsored by the Senate Education Committee, would allow paraprofessionals to continue working while student teaching.

In Clark County, fewer older students opt for in-person learning

April 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
More than half of elementary students — 56 percent — have returned to school campuses, according to school district data, but that percentage shrinks considerably for the upper grades. Districtwide, only 36 percent of students in middle and high school chose the in-person hybrid model.

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