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Monday, April 13, 2015

What happened to all the teachers?

The Las Vegas Sun – Ian Whitaker

“Clark County’s teacher shortage is affecting the schools that most need good teachers. The school district has struggled to fill more than 600 full-time teaching positions since last year, a problem that overwhelmingly affects Southern Nevada’s poorest students. Clark County lets new teachers choose the schools where they’d like to work, and few choose the poorest. Throughout the district, teachers are getting harder and harder to find and keep. Why? It’s a complex mix of local and national factors, many of which are beyond the district’s control.”(more)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Good to see partnership of businesses, schools

Vegas INC – Glenn Christenson

“Wandering through the crowd at schools Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky’s State of the District address, I saw the business community becoming an active partner in addressing the needs of Southern Nevada’s K-12 education system. Skorkowsky made clear his appreciation of prominent business groups’ and individuals’ help in achievements made in the district’s Pledge of Achievement Program. A close working relationship between the business and education communities is crucial to prepare our children for success. This partnership has been a long time coming, and we are seeing benefits. Concepts that businesses support, such as return on investment and accountability, have become part of the dialogue, making it easier to communicate the district’s goals and strategies to the business community.”(more)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Nevada Governor calls for robust education investment, tax increases

Reuters – Robin Respaut

“(Reuters) – Republican Governor Brian Sandoval called on Thursday for robust investment in education that would be paid for by tax increases in a state budget that will most likely contrast with the agendas of Nevada’s fiscal conservatives. Sandoval, during his State of the State address, outlined $7.3 billion of general fund spending over two years, a 12 percent increase over the current budget. His proposal included $882 million in education, a modification to the state’s business license fee, and a permanent tax increase.”(more)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Students caught skipping school face driver’s license suspension starting Jan. 1

The Las Vegas Sun – Cy Ryan

“CARSON CITY –In Clark County, more than 120,000 students were reported truant during the 2013-14 school year. Now a statewide law will aim to reduce those numbers. Teens who continually skip school will face delay or suspension of their driver’s license, under a new law that becomes effective Jan. 1.”(more)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The classroom is teacher’s new front line

The Las Vegas Sun – Brian Nordli

“The veterans program, which began in 2012, offers an outlet to veterans as they transition into civilian life. The recruits’ experience in the military fits well in schools, where leadership, perseverance and the ability to multitask are key, said program director and Navy veteran Sid Ellington.”(more)

Needed in Nevada: A giga-push on STEM skills

The Reno Gazette-Journal – Jessica A. Lee and Mark Muro

“Nevada’s success in convincing Tesla Motors to locate its new lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Storey County made headlines this fall, as did the $1.3 billion incentive package state legislators authorized. This mixture of tax abatements, infrastructure investments and other incentives stands as the largest in Nevada’s history.”(more)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kindergarten today: It’s no longer as easy as ABC

The Las Vegas Sun – Brian Nordli

“She teaches a full-day kindergarten class with a high population of English Language Learners. Each lesson must reach kids at different levels of knowledge. Some know how to read, while others are just learning their letters.” (more)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Adult class aims to clear up confusion from Common Core

The Las Vegas Sun – Brian Nordli

“One of the most common concerns Clark County School Board member Stavan Corbett hears from parents is that they struggle to help their kids with homework. That issue creates a problem on two fronts — the kids lose confidence in learning and parents stop being engaged in education.” (more)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Project aimed at tackling truancy gets underway next week

The Las Vegas Sun – Brian Nordli

“The Truancy Diversion Project is designed to decrease that number through a non-punitive, incentive-based approach to keeping at-risk kids in school. The collaborative effort between the Clark County School District and Clark County Family Court kicks off Monday with a meeting for judges, who participate on a volunteer basis.” (more)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Where Common Core Is Not Controversial

Education Next – Robert Pondiscio

“For over a year, I’ve been encouraging Common Core advocates to stop endlessly re-litigating the standards and instead to focus on getting implementation right. Taking my own advice last week, I traveled to Reno to see first-hand the work of the Core Task Project, the initiative driving implementation of the standards in Washoe County, Nevada.” (more)