Nevada's Gamble On School Choice

Now that Nevada lawmakers have approved the most comprehensive school choice program in the country, KUNR explores questions about the law's equity, constitutionality, and potential effectiveness.

Alexa Ard

Nevada $1.6 Billion Short Of Providing An Adequate Education

School choice is a phrase you’ve been hearing a lot lately as Nevada rolls out its education savings account program, which gives parents funds for alternative schooling. Debates over the program are highlighting broader issues in education funding. To begin with, the Nevada State Plan, which governs school funding in the state, hasn’t actually been updated since 1967. Public schools have a lot of things to pay for. Buses and drivers. Buildings. Electricity. Teachers and administrators....
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Julia Ritchey

Burning Man's Mobility Camp Addresses Obstacles

The week-long Burning Man arts festival is underway in Black Rock Desert about two hours north of Reno. While attendees stock up on water and ice, a theme camp for the physically impaired teaches a different kind of self-reliance. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, accessibility issues are often overlooked by the larger Burning Man community. "I'm working on ‘The Babe,’ and ‘The Babe’ is an art car for the mobility challenged. It has its own wheelchair lift, which is unique, it'll...
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Alexa Ard

  A study out this week projects significant job and population growth for the five-county region of Northern Nevada. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, local governments are learning just how much demand there will be for more schools, emergency services and housing. 

The new report forecasts potential job growth of between 47,000 to 56,000 new positions over the next five years. That’s about a 4 percent increase each year, more than double the historical average.

Education Savings Accounts: Get The Facts, Fast!

Sep 3, 2015
Gabriella Benavidez

There's a lot of information, and confusion, surrounding Nevada's new Education Savings Account program. To get the lowdown, check out our handy infographic:

Alexa Ard

Although some in the state legislature are selling Nevada’s new education savings account program as a benefit for low-income students, many Washoe County families don't see it as a realistic option for them.

I wanted to see if parents and students at Reno's low-income public schools had heard of the ESA program, and what they thought of it. So I hit the streets just as school was letting out.

“Have you heard about the Education Savings Account program in Nevada?”

“No”

“No, sorry me no.”

“Have you heard about the Education Savings Account program?”

Festival Changes Bug Some Burners

Sep 2, 2015
KNPR

Burning Man's in full force in northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.  Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne reports that this year there are some significant changes on the playa:

Two big festival changes include the addition of CrowdRx as Burning Man’s new health care provider and the reduction of drone permits from 200 last year to just 30.  

Jenny Kane is the Reno Gazette Journal’s Burning Man Reporter. She says the change that has sparked the most controversy among some “burners” is a new dance music area that has been pushed to the outskirts of Black Rock City. 

The number of traffic-related deaths is up across the nation. But Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports that figure remains steady in Washoe County.

Meg Ragonese is a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Transportation—or NDOT. She says the rate of traffic-related deaths in Washoe County remains the same this year.

“Through September 1st of this year there have been 22 traffic fatalities in Washoe County," Ragonese says. "Last year, there was the same amount.”

But Nevada overall has seen an increase.

University of Nevada School of Medicine

The fall 2015 semester at UNR is underway with a record 21,000 students in attendance. The year has only just begun and staff at the Student Health Center is already busy. To talk more about student health and wellness for the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch is Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, director of student Health Services at UNR and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

  

Julia Ritchey

  Reno's Mayor Hillary Schieve delivered her first State of the City address Tuesday night to a packed crowd at the University of Nevada Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey was there and says along with outlining economic development initiatives, Schieve urged local fire departments to work out their differences.

Schieve's speech focused on Reno's comeback since the Recession and new citywide initiatives to revive its downtown.

Nevada lawmakers recently passed SB302, a landmark education bill. Today, as part of our series “Nevada’s Gamble on School Choice” Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explores the unforeseen consequences the new law could have on the state.

Julia Ritchey

The week-long Burning Man arts festival is underway in Black Rock Desert about two hours north of Reno. While attendees stock up on water and ice, a theme camp for the physically impaired teaches a different kind of self-reliance. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, accessibility issues are often overlooked by the larger Burning Man community.

"I'm working on ‘The Babe,’ and ‘The Babe’ is an art car for the mobility challenged. It has its own wheelchair lift, which is unique, it'll be the only one on the playa this year, but hoping they'll be more..."

Alexa Ard

Excitement is building around Nevada’s Education Savings Account (ESA) Program, which will give eligible families about $5,000 a year to subsidize their child’s private or home school education. 

But as the application process gets underway, many parents are also voicing a lot of confusion and frustration. For the latest on the situation, Reno Public Radio’s News Director Michelle Bliss reached out to State Treasurer Dan Schwartz whose office is running the program. 

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