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'You are college bound': State sends message with free savings accounts for every kid
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Parents and children gathered Tuesday at Bonner Elementary for the launch of the Nevada College Kick Start Program, which gives the state’s 35,000 kindergarten students each a college savings account with ...
At Jydstrup Elementary, students speak 37 languages — and learn a lesson in diversity
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
The Clark County School District includes 85,000 students who don't speak English as a first language. Administrators can’t afford to hire interpreters to transition the students into the classroom, so it’s up to the teachers ...
Project aimed at tackling truancy gets underway next week
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
More than 120,000 students were reported truant in Clark County during the 2013-14 school year. The Truancy Diversion Project is designed to decrease that number through a ...
Count Day: CCSD enrolls record number of students
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
It’s 9:30 a.m., time for morning attendance at Rex Bell Elementary School on one of the most important attendance days of the year. The children, 30 in all, sit quietly at their desks as they wait for their name to be called ...
Snyder lays out his vision for UNLV of tomorrow
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Change is on the horizon at UNLV, acting President Don Snyder said today during his State of University address. Snyder laid out his vision for UNLV’s future. He said that by 2034, he envisions ...
Nonprofit specializes in helping Las Vegas students get back on track
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
When she arrived on the campus of Cimarron-Memorial High School for her junior year, Whitney Cole had a reputation for trouble. She had been kicked out of ...
UNLV scores a world-class supercomputer, touted as boon to research
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
One of the most powerful computers in the world is on its way to being connected to UNLV. UNLV confirmed today that it received Intel’s “Cherry Creek” supercomputer, which will be stored at ...
Applications being accepted for preschool scholarships
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
The application process is underway for parents to receive part of a $1 million grant to send their children to preschool programs in Las Vegas. For the fourth consecutive year, Windsong Trust ...
70 CCSD schools drop in state’s latest performance rankings
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
The stars are falling in the Clark County School District as more schools slipped in the latest Nevada public school rankings than increased. The Nevada School Performance Framework results ...
Program offers at-risk students free tutoring, homework help
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Homework help and tutoring services returned today for thousands of at-risk students in the Las Vegas Valley with the launch of ...
What are kids reading in class? Educators rate some of their favorites
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
When choosing books for their classrooms, teachers face a challenge. What books will hold students' attention while also helping them ...
Henderson teacher ‘overwhelmed with emotion’ after being named ‘Dream Big’ finalist
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Brenda Moynihan was in the middle of teaching her third-grade class when she got the call to go to the library. She didn’t think it was strange at the time, just part of her job on a normal Wednesday morning ...
UNLV ranks in Top 10 again for diverse student population
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
With a large population of Hispanic students, UNLV’s student population ranked in the top 10 for the fourth consecutive year.
Emotional battlefield: Why college can be tough for military veterans
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
For a rapidly growing group of military veterans studying at UNLV, making the transition to college can be ...
Brainstorming to relieve crowded campuses prompts unorthodox ideas
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Schools are so crowded in Clark County that 23 new ones could open tomorrow and campuses would still be crowded. So when School District officials brainstormed what to do about it, some of their ideas were ...
UNLV program sets out to groom future principals for CCSD
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
A new master's program launching in January at UNLV is designed to produce the principals of the future for Clark County School District. The new program, which was announced Tuesday, is focused on ...
Study says cutting class, even occasionally, can have crippling consequences
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
A study released Tuesday found that missing even a handful of days of school can cripple student achievement in the classroom, with students exhibiting skills that were one or two years below their ...
They come, they study, they stay: Report says Las Vegas is fertile ground for foreign students
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
Behind the global tourist destination that is the Strip and a premier hotel college at UNLV, Las Vegas has the fifth-highest rate in the country in retaining international students ...
UNLV won’t pursue funding for new stadium until 2017
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
After months of meetings and discussion, UNLV’s Campus Improvement Advisory Board decided the timing isn’t right to seek funding for a new stadium. UNLV acting President Don Snyder suggested ...
Sister’s ordeal motivates Las Vegas innovator to create anti-bullying app
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Motivated by the bullying of his little sister, Marcos Ontiveros developed an app that will make it easier for students to report being abused by their classmates. The app will be piloted in ...
Higher ed chancellor says UNLV medical school is critical for Nevada
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Sitting before a crowd of businesspeople, lawmakers, educators and other guests, Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich reiterated his support for a medical school in Las Vegas, calling it “critical” for the state. Klaich joined the presidents of ...
School’s in session: Stories of the first day from around CCSD
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
At 7 a.m., more than 320,000 students in Clark County began their march into school, marking the end of summer vacation. The first day of school is one of mixed excitement and nerves. Older students rejoin ...
Not kids’ stuff: CCSD officials face major challenges as school year gets under way
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
When the school bells ring this morning, 320,000 students will march back into the classroom in the Clark County School District. Behind the scenes, district officials are facing major challenges as they ...
Acting UNLV president has a full plate this year
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
Don Snyder discusses his objectives for his short term, including such visionary and long-standing goals as a new stadium and medical school ...
Education heroes: Teachers make sure students have what they need, no matter the cost
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
Southern Nevada’s teachers do just about anything they can to educate our children. They buy far more supplies than the IRS is willing to reimburse. There are numerous ways for the community to share that burden.
Regents’ OK is ‘huge step’ toward UNLV getting medical school
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
The fate of UNLV’s proposed medical school will now rest in the hands of Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Legislature. The state Board of Regents approved a biennial budget request that includes ...
With CCSD still short 650 teachers, here’s how one school is coping
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
In a perfect world, Kathy Konowalow would be able to fill Pittman Elementary School’s four teacher vacancies with full-time teachers. Yet with four days left until the start of the school year, Clark County School District remains short 650 teachers, and Pittman’s four positions are still open. Life has been anything but perfect ...
Inseparable: A story of friendship, grace and inevitable loss
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Darius Martin and Colton Shrum are 18-year-olds who do a lot of what teenage boys in Las Vegas tend to do: play video games, give each other grief and goof around on the Strip. But their friendship is ...
With 600 vacancies, CCSD turns to long-term subs, out-of-state teachers
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Mariella Castillo was one of 400 long-term substitute teachers amid a sea of newly hired teachers at the Venetian ballroom on Wednesday for Clark County School District’s teacher orientation ...
Federal grant to help low-income Nevada students prepare for college
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
The Nevada Department of Education received a boost in funding today to help low-income students ...
Very happy meals: Program provides summer relief for needy kids
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
For kids who receive free or reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean days of missed meals and weeks of hunger. Parents sometimes struggle to find money or time to provide their children with the meals they eat at school But thanks to a program supported by the federal government, help is ...
Plan calls for $26.7 million state funding request to launch UNLV medical school
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Planning for the proposed UNLV School of Medicine took a step forward Friday with the unveiling of a business plan calling for the state of Nevada to spend ...
CCSD’s challenge: Fill 800 teaching positions in three weeks
Thursday, July 31, 2014
With the start of the 2014-15 school year fast approaching, the Clark County School District faces a conundrum: how to fill 800 vacant teaching positions despite a shortage of ...
Task force: Graduate medical education a key to solving Nevada’s doctor shortage
Officials say recommendation won't affect UNLV medical school plan
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
While UNLV continues to form a budget proposal for its medical school, a governor’s task force has recommended that the state spend $12 million to ...
Warm hearts meet high tech: UNLV team crafting new hand for Las Vegas girl
Friday, July 25, 2014
When the mother of a 4-year-old Las Vegas girl made a plea for engineers at UNLV to help build her daughter a prosthetic hand, they listened. The result is a wonder of modern technology, created with a 3-D printer and allowing the girl to ...
Countywide sales tax hike mulled for UNLV stadium
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
For UNLV’s proposed multipurpose stadium to be built, it could come at a cost to taxpayers in Clark County. Tax bumps were presented today as the most logical revenue source ...
Metro won’t detain immigrants on ICE requests
Monday, July 14, 2014
Metro Police announced today that they will no longer detain immigrants based solely on a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The policy change was ...
Coroner IDs drivers killed in wrong-way crash on US 95
Monday, July 14, 2014
Two men killed in a head-on, wrong-way crash on U.S. 95 on Sunday morning have been identified as Gil Rodriguez Gil, 29, of Henderson and Jacob Ryan Baker, 28, of Las Vegas, according to...
Thunderstorm, high winds possible later today
Monday, July 14, 2014
A thunderstorm packing winds of up to 50 mph could move into the Las Vegas Valley later today, as moisture from Arizona and Mexico pushes into the region, National Weather Service officials said. Today is expected to remain cloudy with a...
Police suicides called ‘a real epidemic’
Sunday, July 13, 2014
The trauma of the job can build up and overwhelm officers over time, experts say. Even as a generation of scotch-swilling, tough-guy officers has been replaced with younger cops who are more accepting of emotion, police suicides...
State settles on ACT test for all high school juniors
Thursday, July 10, 2014
While the exam is mandatory for all students, it will not affect whether a student will graduate. Instead, it gives high school juniors a free exam that is required to apply to many colleges
For members of the military, moves are common but rarely routine
Sunday, July 6, 2014
This is the peak moving season for military families. Apart from all the packing and unpacking, there's a new city to learn, new friends to make and a load of paperwork to fill out. For some families, that's life every few years ...
Plan ahead for these road projects in the coming week in the Las Vegas Valley
Friday, July 4, 2014
Here’s a look at some of the roadwork or road closings you might encounter in the coming week across the …
How to keep kids safe around the pool this Fourth
Friday, July 4, 2014
The threat is high during the summer in Southern Nevada, where drowning was the fourth-leading cause of death among children in 2011, according to the Southern Nevada Drowning Prevention Coalition. But the threat becomes even greater during …
Crews battling fire at central Las Vegas house
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue crews are working to extinguish a house fire today in central Las Vegas. Firefighters responded about noon to reports of smoke coming from the attic of a home at 3013 Merritt Ave., near …
Police: Man gunned down in alley after argument
Thursday, July 3, 2014
A man was shot and killed Wednesday night after an argument with two men in the alley behind an East Las Vegas store, Metro Police said. Police responded about 8:50 p.m. to reports of...
Plan ahead for these road projects in the coming week in the Las Vegas Valley
Friday, June 27, 2014
Here’s a look at some of the roadwork or road closings you might encounter in the coming week across the …
Suspects sought in armed robbery of business
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Metro Police are searching for two people suspected of robbing a cashier at gunpoint Wednesday morning at a business near Buffalo and Vegas drives. A man and another person entered the business about...
High-wind advisory issued for Las Vegas Valley
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind advisory from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today for the Las Vegas Valley. The forecast calls for...
Keep children busy this summer learning about the sun
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Using the DIY Sun Science app, children can learn about the sun through hands-on activities, videos and images. The activities, which are geared toward young children, can be completed with household items. They include …

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