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Duke professor talks evolution at UNLV
March 7, 2014
Duke University professor and evolution expert Mohamed Noor stood before the packed UNLV auditorium and pondered aloud the quirks of his job, the subject of his highly anticipated presentation Thursday night.
Kindergartner Jonathan Mondragon leads his classmates in a single-file line down the hallway for their first day of class Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Cambeiro Elementary School in Las Vegas.
As scrutiny of school funding formula grows, a discussion of what's fair
March 7, 2014
If Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis’ task force doesn’t deliver on a new funding formula, activist groups are considering litigation to force the issue.
Children line the hallway after eating lunch at Mendoza Elementary School on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.
School District won’t seek money now to ease classroom crowding
March 5, 2014
The Clark County School Board won’t pursue a ballot initiative for school renovations and construction this year, primarily because...
Southwest Career and Technical Academy High School, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012.
17 Las Vegas-area magnet schools honored by national group
March 4, 2014
The Magnet Schools of America has recognized 17 Clark County School District magnet schools for their academic excellence.
Jordan Livingston poses with a Cessna airplane. Livingston, who is deaf, just received a scholarship to become a pilot.
Deafness doesn't ground aspiring pilot from Rancho High
March 4, 2014
There are those who question whether Jordan Livingston, 19, should be allowed to fly an airplane. The business that awarded him an $8,000 scholarship to Embry-Riddle is not among his doubters ...
A reading tutor works with English-language learner students as Clark County Schools Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky looks on at a Zoom Reading Center on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at Lunt Elementary School.
CCSD's many at-risk kids should factor into funding formula, legislators are told
Feb. 28, 2014
Nevada is one of just eight states nationally that doesn’t take at-risk students into account in its funding formula. CCSD officials told legislators why "we should be embarrassed" about it.
Purchase of 510 iPads for preschool use gets green light
Feb. 27, 2014
The Clark County School Board unanimously approved a grant application on Thursday to purchase 510 Apple iPad tablet computers and protective covers at a cost of about $245,055.
Four-day school week is kept intact in rural Clark County
Feb. 27, 2014
A four-day school week for some rural Clark County students will continue until 2016.
Clark County School District Trustee Deanna Wright asks questions of eighth-grade students Nehrun Baskin and Antonio Ocampo, right, while teaching about the Holocaust in English Literature class during Teach For America Week at Dell H. Robison Middle School in Las Vegas Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
School Board votes to hire 150 more Teach for America teachers
Feb. 27, 2014
Critics of the well-heeled Teach for America organization aired their varied concerns, but it was in vain, as the board unanimously approved a $300,000 hiring contract.
Gabriela Pace, center, and her fellow kindergartners have daydreaming time at Elizondo Elementary School in North Las Vegas on Sept. 29, 2011. Elizondo became an EdisonLearning-run campus in July 2011 as part of the district's efforts to improve the struggling school.
CCSD to end 13-year, multimillion-dollar relationship with for-profit school-management company
Feb. 27, 2014
Over 13 years, the Clark County School District has forked over more than $30 million to Edison, a private education management company that runs seven schools in Las Vegas. So why now, after renewing its contract with the company five times, is the district calling it quits and severing ties with Edison?
William Lummis Elementary fifth-grader Morgan Calder, center, walks down Hillpointe Road to school with her parents Marsha and Craig Calder on Monday. This is designated a safe route for parents to park near schools without causing traffic congestion.
Rezoning plan approved for 17 schools to curb crowding
Feb. 26, 2014
The Clark County School Board voted to rezone more than 1,000 students next school year, a move that doesn't sit well with many parents. Kelli Mendenhall, mother of two children at Givens Elementary — one of 17 affected campuses — said the rezoning efforts were a short-term solution. “It’s like we are trying to see just how close we can get to the edge of a cliff without going over it,” she said.
Report coming soon on suspicious student test scores
Feb. 26, 2014
What started with raised eyebrows over student test scores at one elementary school mushroomed into the most comprehensive investigation of its kind by state education officials.
Dale Erquiaga gives a press briefing Friday, May 27, 2011, at the Capitol in Carson City. At the time, Erquiaga was a senior adviser to Gov. Brian Sandoval. Erquiaga is now the state superintendent of public schools.
State superintendent says policy review will help ensure privacy maintained in student records
Feb. 25, 2014
Nevada Schools Superintendent Dale Erquiaga has ordered a complete review of the Education Department’s student privacy policies and data-sharing agreements amid concerns from parents about third-party access to their children’s school records.
Three more schools getting extra help through turnaround program
Feb. 24, 2014
The Clark County School District today announced three new “turnaround” schools: Bailey Middle School, and Manch and Mountain View elementary schools.
Car chase leads to barricade situation, school lockdowns
Feb. 24, 2014
Metro Police arrested a person suspected of stealing a car on Monday nearly four hours after he evaded Nevada Highway Patrol in a car chase. Highway Patrol troopers initially attempted to pull over the suspect about 10:45 a.m. at Spring Mountain Road and Arville Street. The suspect sped away and escaped the troopers before ditching the Honda Accord in a parking lot in the 4500 block of Pennwood Avenue, Trooper Loy Hixson said.

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