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With too few crossing guards, NLV shifts focus
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010
Three weeks into the new school year, North Las Vegas doesn’t have enough crossing guards for all of its public schools because of a hiring freeze. The shortage is 24 guards. So guards are being reassigned.
Finalist for superintendent withdraws from consideration
Monday, Sept. 20, 2010
One of three finalists named last week to become superintendent of the Clark County School District has withdrawn from consideration.
Showdown brewing with state over higher education funding
Monday, Sept. 20, 2010
In the debate over more budget cuts, a theme is emerging from the university system: “Don’t punch a guy with glasses.” The capitol’s reply, at least so far: “Why not?” State spending on higher education has dropped 28 percent from 2007-09, the peak two-year budget.
Study of school testing finds rise in cheating, some lighthearted moments
Friday, Sept. 17, 2010
In the crime blotter otherwise known as Nevada’s annual report on school testing, there is good news and bad news. The good news: Teachers are mishandling tests less often than last year. The bad news: Students seem to be cheating a bit more, especially with cell phones.
School District names 3 finalists for superintendent
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010
The Clark County School District's search firm recommended three finalists on Thursday for the district's next superintendent.
UNLV president weighing tuition changes, enrollment caps
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010
In a sweeping defense of higher education, UNLV President Neal Smatresk said today that UNLV will consider new ways to raise revenue, including differential tuition for students. He said UNLV may consider limiting enrollment and tightening admissions standards but had no immediate plans to do so. He also said politicians and political candidates were engaging in "magical thinking."
District prepared for expected increase in free-meal applications
It’s a big job, but school meals guru is happy to do it
Monday, Sept. 13, 2010
Each school day, 300,000 high-spirited children and voracious teenagers converge on the public schools to eat. Of these, about 156,000 qualify for free meals.
Teachers on front lines offer ideas to fix troubled schools
Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010
Once upon a time, “Room 222,” a television show about a troubled high school, attracted a national audience. The veteran teacher was handsome. The beginning teacher was perky. The principal was gruff. The theme song had a flute.
The changing meaning of ‘text’ in the classroom
A step beyond books, text messaging could become part of the learning process in Clark County schools
Monday, Sept. 6, 2010
One day, not that far off, a teacher starting out on a genetics lesson may ask her middle school class, “How many of you can roll your tongue?” (It’s inherited.) And 30 heads will hunch over cell phones and text their answer to the teacher.
University system: Enough is enough with the budget cuts
History of bearing brunt of budget cuts has regents up in arms
Friday, Sept. 3, 2010
Higher education in Nevada has always felt like a poor relation in a state that seems suspicious of the need for colleges and universities. Now, with more and deeper budget cuts looming, it is beginning to feel even more threadbare and unloved.
School Board OKs plan to create, save more than 900 jobs
Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010
The Clark County School Board, taking advantage of new federal jobs money, voted unanimously Thursday to approve a plan to keep or create more than 900 jobs, including 500 teachers, in the schools.
Report: Nevada should be hub for clean-energy innovation
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010
In 19th-century America, the government awarded land grants to start what would become the transcontinental railroad and establish universities such as Rutgers and Michigan State.
School food service workers provide 'fuel for student achievement'
Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010
Beverly Davidson, 53, is a lunch lady. She has prepared, served and supervised meals for students in the Clark County School District since Jimmy Carter was president.
Board of Regents backs call for bigger higher education budget
Lone dissenter: Now not time to be 'cheerleader'
Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010
The voice of dissent from upstate was blunt. The chancellor of the university system had just presented a budget to the Board of Regents in Las Vegas that asked for $1 billion-plus in state spending, an increase of nearly 25 percent.
Board of Regents asks for increase in state funding
Friday, Aug. 27, 2010
The Nevada Board of Regents on Friday approved a budget that includes a request for a nearly 25 percent increase in state spending, despite Gov. Jim Gibbons' call for a 10 percent cut in spending among all state agencies.
NV Energy, union pact doesn’t end flap over pensions
Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010
For months, the union representing utility linemen and others at NV Energy has been savaging management for what it said was an attempt to gut pension benefits for future retirees. “Shame on NV Energy” is the slogan of the union campaign.
New teachers talk about their careers, upcoming school year
Every year around this time, the Clark County School District holds orientation for new teachers
Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010
For much of the past two decades, the story has been the same. The Clark County School District needed battalions of teachers for a student body that has tripled to more than 300,000 today.
Sign of the times: Smaller class of new teachers
Stadium space not needed for this year’s welcome event
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010
The group included a government lobbyist, a chemical engineer and a trainer of security officers. It was new-teacher orientation Wednesday, the run-up to the first day of school, Aug. 30.
District wants new funding plan, which could mean tax hike
Legislature to get proposal for revamping state formula
Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010
Even as Nevada’s school districts face more drastic cuts to already bare-bone budgets, Clark County’s school officials are looking ahead to a more profound issue: Are many students with costly needs being shortchanged, and how can the district get more money to teach them?

5 schools earn top honors under No Child Left Behind
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
The Clark County School District today announced the designation of five public schools, up from one last year, as top achieving under the federal "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001.
War on gum was a step toward award at Clark High
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
Jill Pendleton, a teacher for six years and a high school principal for one, could write a book about how to fix a faltering school. She should know. Today her school, Ed W. Clark High, will be honored as a “high-achieving turnaround” school.
Plummeting demand for teachers has silver lining
Better-qualified candidates emerge in scaled-back search
Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010
The Clark County School District long has had to cast a net across the nation to recruit an army of teachers. Just a few years ago, it was building almost a school a month and struggling to handle a flood of new students.
Board advances proposal to tie driver's licenses, school attendance
Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010
The Clark County Board of School Trustees today voted 6-0 to approve "in concept" to make a driver’s license dependent on attending high school.
School District to keep superintendent until January
Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010
In a sometimes contentious meeting, the Clark County Board of School Trustees voted to keep the current school superintendent until January while searching for a replacement.
Cutting class could soon cost teens driver's licenses
Clark County School Board to consider seeking state law making students’ driving privileges contingent on high school attendance
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010
Getting a driver’s license has long been a rite of adolescent passage. But in Nevada, as in other states, a driver’s license has had little or no connection with attending or graduating from high school.
Jim Rogers says schools superintendent a 'lame duck'
Saturday, July 31, 2010
When Clark County Schools Superintendent Walt Rulffes announced in March that he planned to retire, an ominous clock started ticking: Would his replacement be in office by February, when he or she must deal with harried state lawmakers in their legislative session?
Rulffes proposes staying on until Jan. 4
Friday, July 30, 2010
When Walt Rulffes, the head of Clark County’s public schools, announced that he planned to leave, he wanted to give the school district plenty of time to find a successor. This morning Rulffes publicly proposed taking a pay cut and staying in the job at least until Jan. 4, 2011.
UNLV brainstorms ways to keep staff intact
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
As UNLV copes with current budget cuts and the possibility of new cuts when the state Legislature meets again next year, the administration and the faculty worry:
How can they keep women and minorities from being poached by other institutions?

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