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Hoku Moreno, a Liberty HS senior who has a 3.5 GPA but failed to pass her proficiency exams, will not be able to walk at her graduation on Monday, May 19, 2014.
For some high school seniors, work won’t be rewarded with walk
June 8, 2014
Despite a 3.4 grade-point average and several academic and extracurricular achievements, a senior at Liberty High School is among many in Clark County who will not be allowed to join their classmates at graduation ceremonies this week, all because ...
Students flip their tassels during UNLV's commencement Saturday, May 12, 2012.
Over student objections, tuition at UNLV going up 17 percent
June 6, 2014
Nevada’s higher education leaders today approved a four-year plan to raise undergraduate tuition at UNLV by 17 percent. The 13-member Board of Regents voted 7-6 to pass the tuition hike over student concerns about the skyrocketing cost of higher education. The 13-member Board ...
Faith Lutheran junior Jordan Coppert started a sports equipment collection program to be donated to underprivileged youth and has an upcoming community event to donate goods.
Faith Lutheran student trying to give all kids a sporting chance
June 5, 2014
The idea came to Jordan Coppert three years ago in the aisles of a Nike outlet shop. Coppert knows how important sports were to him. Sports helped him overcome asthma; it taught him hard work, endurance and accountability. He wondered how many children were left out of experiencing that because the equipment is so expensive. “I looked around and I said to myself ...
Metro Police Officer Dustin Bundy, Sgt. Phil Merges and Lt. Mike Wallace stand outside Brinley Middle School on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. A fight that was rumored to happen at a nearby park never materialized, they said.
Police take proactive approach to prevent violence on last day of school
June 5, 2014
The last day of school in Clark County used to be marked by major brawls and raucous water-balloon fights or shaving-cream wars. Now, as students make their way to the last day of class, law enforcers are gearing up for a safety blitz ...
The Clark County School District recognized more than 70 inmates at the Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center who graduated from the district's adult education program with high school diplomas, GEDs and vocational certificates on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
Walk of redemption: Women inmates overcome troubled past to graduate high school
June 3, 2014
One by one, their names were called. Audience members — parents, children, friends and teachers — cheered them on inside the gymnasium. As they crossed the stage and received their diplomas, the women walked past their troubled pasts and all the missteps that landed them here ...
Tutor Michael Christenson explains a math problem to Aidan Swenson during a tutoring session in the Swenson's home Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Instant wisdom: Tutoring sites offer quick help for struggling students
June 3, 2014
Karen Nokley’s 17-year-old daughter was struggling in her physics class last fall. So Nokley did what generations of thoughtful parents have done: She began looking for a tutor. Finding a tutor once meant trolling bulletin boards at libraries and colleges and writing down phone numbers. Now ...
Author Ben Nelson, 20, who is autistic and has recently published his first book "Little Red Flying Hood," concentrates while creating graphics for his new upcoming comic book alongside his mom, Laura, while working at his home in Henderson May 23, 2014.
In his own world, autistic high schooler’s imagination takes flight
June 1, 2014
When Ben Nelson was 4 years old, a social worker told his mother that the boy wouldn’t amount to anything. Ben had just been diagnosed with autism, a social and developmental disorder that affects 1 in 68 children. As an infant, he couldn’t do the simplest motions, like roll over on his back. Later, he would have trouble learning to talk. But on June 11, Ben Nelson will prove that social worker wrong ....
In this July 9, 2011, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg, president and CEO of Facebook, walks with Priscilla Chan during the 2011 Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Zuckerberg, wife to give $120 million to Bay Area schools
May 29, 2014
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to the San Francisco Bay Area's public school system. The couple's gift will be spread over the next five years and is the biggest allocation to date of the ...
School districts to share cost of new testing
May 29, 2014
The Clark County School District has agreed to pay part of the cost for a new state-mandated exam next year. In 2013, state lawmakers passed a law that required...
Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain visits her Kids Can Clubhouse in North Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, as part of her Shania Kids Can Foundation.
Shania Twain returns to her Kids Can Clubhouse in NLV: ‘It’s such a great success; I feel like celebrating’
May 28, 2014
For the first time since she launched her Shania Kids Can Foundation Clubhouse eight months ago at a North Las Vegas elementary school, Shania Twain returned Tuesday for a report-card checkup and was ecstatic to hear the passing grades.
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts students hold their GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold Award during the presentation for achieving GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold status on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
District magnet school to celebrate Grammy with concert
May 27, 2014
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts will receive its 11th Grammy award today, the most of any …
Foundation awards local students nearly $770,000 in scholarships
May 27, 2014
The Public Education Foundation awarded nearly $770,000 in college scholarships to more than 370 Clark County students today. In the past two decades, the nonprofit education group has...
Students study math at Canyon Springs High School.
Test your Common Core skills
May 25, 2014
About 44,000 students across Nevada piloted a new standardized test this spring...
Superintendent gets an A for this effort
May 25, 2014
Pat Skorkowsky is the career educator, not me, but I’m going to give him an A* anyway. More on the asterisk later, but the Clark County School District superintendent ...
Ronzone Elementary School teacher Billie Ann Watanabe teaches a lesson in a portable classroom, one of 20 on the central Las Vegas Valley campus. Across the Clark County School District, there are more than 1,200 portable classrooms serving about a fifth of all elementary school children.
School District mulls options to reduce number of portables
May 23, 2014
The Clark County School District has 1,872 portable classrooms, the equivalent of 40 permanent elementary schools. With so many portables, district officials are now wondering ...

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