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Monday, August 11, 2014

Crowding, bad school buildings hurt student achievement

The Las Vegas Sun – Editorial

“Clark County School District officials have a list of $3.5 billion in building and repair projects they say are needed to reduce crowding and fix older schools. However, because of tight budgets, they’ll be able to afford less than a tenth of the work over the next few years, and that won’t help student achievement.” (more)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Test your Common Core skills

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“The test is computer-based and was harder than previous assessments, according to officials. It is aligned to Common Core State Standards, with questions that get harder as students answer more correctly.”(more)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

School District’s new data collection system ‘will change the way we teach students’

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“The principal has to print out thousands of transcripts and manually count the number of pupils who are credit-deficient or failed the high school proficiency exam. That could take hours, if not days.”(more)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nevada’s high school graduation rate is worst in the nation

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“Although the average graduation rate nationally hit a record high of 80 percent in 2012, Nevada had the lowest rate in the country at 63 percent, according to a report released today.”(more)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

New standards for education dredge up old apprehensions

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“The new standards, called Common Core and developed by a panel of educators convened by governors and state school superintendents, have been criticized for, among other things, favoring nonfiction passages over classic literature, for de-emphasizing cursive and for introducing new strategies in teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.”(more)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

High-schoolers share intimate stories of prejudice, bullying to foster greater tolerance from peers

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“The emotional event was part of USA network’s “Characters Unite” storytelling tour. Since October 2010, the cable network has drawn attention to National Bullying Month by visiting cities across the country to help local students share powerful stories with their peers to foster greater tolerance. Las Vegas marked the tour’s 11th stop.”(more)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Number of top-rated schools down as standards rise

The Las Vegas Sun – Cy Ryan

“More than a quarter of Clark County public schools’ star ratings fell over the past two years, but state officials say that’s because standardized tests are getting more difficult.” (more)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Kids’ education affects us all

Vegas INC Bruce Spotleson

“Any adult can read the projections that show our community’s economic future hinging on increases in the graduation rate. Jobs created in the modern marketplace require a more college-educated workforce than Nevada typically produces. “(more)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

George Washington’s dentures? Discovery Children’s Museum lets kids sink their teeth into learning

The Las Vegas Sun- William D’Urso

“Most museums are cold, quiet places with grown-ups who “shush” and signs that say “do not touch.” But Saturday at the Discovery Children’s Museum wasn’t like that at all. Children climbed up the three-story jungle gym, performed skits on a stage complete with lights, sound effects and curtains, and swarmed an endless array of other educational exhibits.”(more)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

‘Their eyes just light up’: Coronado teens experience rewards of mentoring

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“But Kaufman wanted to harness the power of sports in bringing together people of different ages and backgrounds. So a couple of years ago, Kaufman started the Coronado Mentoring Program, picking a new Henderson elementary school to help every year.”(more)