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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.

Years-long legal battle over Opportunity Scholarship growth freeze continues in the Nevada Supreme Court

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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.

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Principals say community engagement efforts key as schools transition to in-person learning

February 28th, 2021 - 2:00am
West Prep Academy leaders say their messaging efforts to students’ families began back in October, well before the school district had even pegged a reopening date.

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

February 24th, 2021 - 2:40pm
The Clark County School District has announced a staggered timeline for reopening schools that will provide some form of in-person instruction to all students by April 6.

New coalition: Lawmakers must raise revenue for schools or new funding formula won’t work

February 23rd, 2021 - 2:13pm
The Empower Nevada’s Future campaign is kicking off with a petition to lawmakers and a billboard installed along the freeway from Reno to Carson City, within sight of legislators heading to the capital from the airport or their homes in Reno.

UNLV renews push to pull up the roots of structural racism

Sign in front of the UNLV College of Engineering
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

The Clark County School Board of Trustees and Superintendent Jesus Jara
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

February 17th, 2021 - 4:00pm
Nevadans between the ages of 65 and 69 will be eligible to receive the vaccine next week at retail pharmacies across the state, officials announced Wednesday.

Students' after-school jobs help keep their families afloat financially during the pandemic

February 14th, 2021 - 2:00am
An after-school job — not an uncommon teenage ritual — has become a necessity for some students who have watched their parents lose jobs or struggle to pay bills 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 back end of a Clark County School bus
February 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
More than half of parent who responded to a survey want to send their eligible children back to in-person learning next month, according to results released Monday night by the Clark County School District.

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

January 27th, 2021 - 6:12pm
The Clark County School District plans to begin in-person instruction for pre-kindergarten through third-grade students on March 1, ending nearly a year of full-time remote learning for that age group.

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.

Hey Reb! retires after long history of controversy

January 19th, 2021 - 4:14pm
There are no plans to bring Hey Reb! back, nor are there plans to create a new mascot, the statement said. UNLV will join the universities of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Central Michigan that have no mascot.

Teachers' union eyes job growth opportunities ahead of legislative session

January 19th, 2021 - 2:00am
As Nevada gears up for the 2021 legislative session, the Clark County Education Association has set its sights on economic diversification as an avenue toward improving schools and, in turn, the workforce.

Clark County School District to begin welcoming back small groups of students on campus

Front view of the building front of the Clark County School District administrative building
January 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Clark County School District took a baby step toward reopening when trustees approved a plan Thursday that will allow schools to bring back high-need students in small groups.

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