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Paul Takahashi

Education Reporter

Paul was born in New York City and grew up in a New Jersey suburb, exit 163. He studied journalism at Northwestern University because he loves to tell stories about issues affecting the everyday lives of ordinary Americans. Previous to joining the Sun in 2010, Paul helped cover Barack Obama's election night rally from Grant Park for a Chicago TV station, and filed video stories from South Africa.

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CCSD student journalists win national recognition
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Students from two Clark County high schools have been nationally recognized for their work on campus newspapers and yearbooks. Journalism students at Southwest Career and Technical Academy and Legacy High School were honored …
State investigation finds cheating at Las Vegas elementary school
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
An investigation by the Nevada Education Department into testing irregularities at Matt Kelly Elementary School in Las Vegas found student answer sheets were altered but could not determine...
Some alarmed by early bell times for high schools
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Given research that shows teens need more sleep to function at their best, some are pushing for later starts to high schools ...
School District says program for at-risk students not cost-effective
Friday, April 11, 2014
The Clark County School Board on Thursday cut a program that helps at-risk students graduate, drawing criticism from program supporters.
The School District has been evaluating...
School District to spend $35.5 million for hundreds of new teachers
Friday, April 11, 2014
The Clark County School Board on Thursday approved hiring hundreds of additional teachers next year to accommodate its growing student population. The seven-member board unanimously approved a...
Nevadans are least likely in U.S. to say teachers are well-respected
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Gallup conducted telephone surveys with at least 600 adults in every state between June and December 2013, asking them whether they believed teachers in their city are ...
At-risk students face loss of program that’s helping them graduate
Thursday, April 10, 2014
A program for at-risk students that has a higher graduation rate than the Clark County School District's may soon fall victim to the budget axe. District officials argue the program hasn’t delivered enough “return on investment” and say ...
Nathan Adelson Hospice announces fellowship program
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Nathan Adelson Hospice announced today it is launching the first medical fellowship program for end-of-life care in Southern Nevada this summer. The hospice, in partnership with...
O’Callaghan Middle School fight not to blame for student’s hospitalization, CCSD Police conclude
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A medical emergency, not a schoolyard beating, is to blame for landing an O’Callaghan Middle School student in University Medical Center, Clark County School District Police said today. “There was a punch. There was a push. But nobody was ...
UNLV faculty pay is ahead of UNR but lags nationally
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
UNLV professors in general earn less than the national average, but are paid more than faculty at UNR. The faculty compensation report comes as Nevada's higher education leaders push to ...
New standards for education dredge up old apprehensions
Critics of Common Core liken it to federal government takeover of local schools
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Proponents argue that Common Core replaces a hodgepodge of state benchmarks with a more rigorous national standard. Critics say “Obama-core” is a “one-size-fits-all” standard developed in secrecy ...
Las Vegas Sands donating $7 million to bolster UNLV hospitality program
Thursday, April 3, 2014
UNLV officials this morning announced a $7 million donation from the Las Vegas Sands Corp. to help build a new academic building for the hotel college. The donation comes as UNLV looks to bolster its hospitality and gaming education as Las Vegas’ primary industry faces ...
CCSD plans to hire new teachers as student enrollment rises
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Although a better economy means more money for schools, it also means more jobs and more home developments in Las Vegas. It also means more students will enroll in schools. Here's how the district intends to ...
CCSD cabinet member demoted amid police probe of possible misuse of funds
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky has demoted one of his four cabinet chiefs amid an ongoing police investigation into possible misuse of public funds in ...
Six students win local contest for ideas on conservation
Saturday, March 29, 2014
“It’s rewarding to know that these future leaders already have a basic awareness of the environmental issues facing our planet and are thinking about and pursuing ways to be environmentally conscious.”
Case of tuberculosis confirmed at Liberty High School
Friday, March 28, 2014
School District officials sent electronic ParentLink messages and letters home this afternoon to the families of more than 2,300 students and 100 staff members. The messages indicated that ...
Search firm will help find next UNLV president
Friday, March 28, 2014
Nevada’s higher education leaders unanimously approved hiring a search firm to find UNLV’s next president. A search committee is meeting for the first time today to …
First details of next UNLV stadium proposal released
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Outside consultants studying UNLV's proposed new football stadium are recommending a "multi-purpose stadium" with 50,000 to 60,000 seats, including three tiers of premium seating. After conducting community surveys and market research, Conventions, Sports and Leisure International is starting to recommend parameters for a new UNLV stadium, to be located on 60 acres northeast of Swenson Street and Harmon Avenue. CSL is recommending...
Renowned professor of crisis communication takes office at UNLV
Thursday, March 27, 2014
New dean has experience studying reaction to Hurricane Katrina. What's he think about Las Vegas' ability to recover from the Great Recession?
A UNLV degree, it turns out, is pretty valuable
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Dollar for dollar, UNLV graduates see a better return on their investment than their peers at most public universities nationally, according to a report released this week. Payscale.com, a company that tracks salaries in the U.S., ranked 911 public and private universities based on their graduates' "return on investment," or bang for their buck. On average, an in-state student who lives on campus and receives financial aid spends about...
North Las Vegas charter school gets state’s fastest Internet
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Its technology can now keep up with its students' passion for learning ...
Teens encountering bleak job market might be ‘permanently scarred’
Monday, March 24, 2014
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, teenagers ages 16 to 19 experienced the largest drop in employment rates nationally. In 2000, more than 40 percent of teenagers in Las Vegas were working. By 2012, less than a quarter of teenagers had jobs. In fact, today’s teenagers have the lowest employment rate of any ...
The business of a dog’s business can be lucrative
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Between a third and a half of Las Vegas households have dogs. With low overhead and a little bit of training, the business of cleaning up after the pooches isn’t just lucrative — it’s competitive ...
In school reform, ‘caliber of the teacher matters,’ D.C. chancellor tells Nevada educators
Friday, March 21, 2014
“The single most important in-school factor to move student achievement is the quality of the teacher standing in front of the classroom,” Kaya Henderson said. “It’s not the degree a teacher has, or how long ...
How UNLV aspires to be top-tier research university
Thursday, March 20, 2014
UNLV acting President Don Snyder lobbied Las Vegas business leaders Wednesday to support the university’s quest to become a top-tier research institution. The former banker, gaming executive and Hotel College dean outlined the economic benefits of having a Tier-1 university in Las Vegas during an hourlong keynote address at a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon. “You can’t have a great community without a great university that’s ...
Complaint alleges 'animal cruelty' at UNLV research lab
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A routine inspection by the USDA on Feb. 12 found that UNLV failed to administer painkillers to five pigs after a clinical procedure, administered an unapproved chemical to...
Police search two CCSD offices in probe involving possible misuse of funds
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Metro Police today searched two Clark County School District offices as part of an investigation into the possible misuse of public funds.
Rep. Heck to host forum on better equipping Nevadans for workforce
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Congressman Joe Heck Heck will host a congressional field hearing at the Southwest Career and Technology Academy today to seek input on how Nevada can improve its workforce development. Heck, R-Nev., says the key to better preparing Nevadans for careers in emerging fields is ...
Titus champions legislation to alleviate hunger for school-aged children
Monday, March 17, 2014
Congresswoman Dina Titus today introduced legislation designed to combat childhood hunger at school, over the summer and on weekends. More than 180,000 children in Nevada receive free and reduced price meals at school, including more than 166,000 students in Clark County. Across the country, almost 16 million children are …
CCSD's Virtual High School gets new name with schools merging
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Clark County School Board unanimously approved a new name for Virtual High School and the Academy for Individualized Study, which are merging. The new name is...
In wake of student's suicide, School District forms anti-bullying task force
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The announcement comes as the School District faces growing criticism for its handling of the suicide death of Hailee Joy Lamberth, who left a farewell note describing how she was...
Nevada gets $3.7 million for struggling schools
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Nevada is receiving $3.7 million in federal grant money to continue “turnaround” efforts at its lowest-performing schools, the U.S. Education Department announced today. Nevada is one of 10 states sharing in more than...
Chancellor: Sportsmanship lacking among students at state's rival schools
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The chancellor of the state's higher education system is none too pleased with students at UNLV and UNR ...
U.S. News includes 11 UNLV graduate programs on Top 100 ‘Best Schools’ list
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Eleven UNLV graduate programs were ranked among the nation’s top 100, although its law school fell 15 places, according to college rankings released this week by U.S. News and World Report.
Legal opinion buoys idea of taking control of community colleges from regents
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Kevin Powers, chief litigation counsel for the Legislative Counsel Bureau, said the Nevada Constitution allowed state lawmakers to place the College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College under the control of a governing body other than …
UNLV student headed to former President Bill Clinton’s global conference
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Robin Gonzales has been working on a project to improve people's health and well-being. Former President Bill Clinton will hear an update on the project's progress.
Rama Venkat named dean of UNLV engineering college
Monday, March 10, 2014
UNLV has a new dean for its engineering college. Rama Venkat, the interim dean of UNLV’s Howard Hughes College of Engineering, has accepted an offer to permanently lead the college, according to an announcement this morning.
Skyrocketing cost of tuition has students in debt $1 trillion nationally, and UNLV is no different
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Yet again, higher education leaders are considering raising tuition and fees across the state. In just a decade, the cost of a bachelor's degree has seen spiked considerably.
Did School District get its $100 million worth from for-profit company?
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Test scores at low-achieving schools improved in the decade since Edison took over, but not enough to persuade the superintendent of the nation's fifth-largest school district to renew its contract ...
Chancellor calls for tuition hike at UNLV; student leaders object
Friday, March 7, 2014
Dan Klaich’s proposal has reignited the debate over how UNLV can finance its Tier-1 aspirations while still remaining affordable for...
Regents may shift gears on UNLV med school plans to appeal to Southern Nevada donors
Affiliation with UNR could be detrimental to fundraising efforts, officials told
Friday, March 7, 2014
Nevada’s higher education leaders are reconsidering the accreditation process for a proposed new UNLV medical school amid concerns about losing donor support from Southern Nevadans.
As scrutiny of school funding formula grows, a discussion of what's fair
Friday, 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.
School District won’t seek money now to ease classroom crowding
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Clark County School Board won’t pursue a ballot initiative for school renovations and construction this year, primarily because...
17 Las Vegas-area magnet schools honored by national group
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The Magnet Schools of America has recognized 17 Clark County School District magnet schools for their academic excellence.
Deafness doesn't ground aspiring pilot from Rancho High
Tuesday, 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 ...
2 college students from Las Vegas land White House internships
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
Two college students from Las Vegas received internship offers from the White House, according to a press announcement released Friday.
CCSD's many at-risk kids should factor into funding formula, legislators are told
Friday, 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
Thursday, 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
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
A four-day school week for some rural Clark County students will continue until 2016.
School Board votes to hire 150 more Teach for America teachers
Thursday, 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.

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